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January 20, 2012

Saltwater Fishing Schools

TARBORO — Fishing is not an exact science. However, those that depend mostly on luck don’t usually find much of it. If you want to be good at anything, you need to become a student of your desired subject. Fishing is a prime example of that. Knowledge is power, and those fishermen who seek that all important knowledge and information are far more successful than those that do not.

Need help catching more fish more often in 2012? Fisherman’s Post to the rescue!

Fisherman’s Post newspaper, published 26 times a year, is chock full of good fishing information, intel, and photos of saltwater fishing action along the Carolina coast. It’s a free publication, available in many fishing-related and tourism businesses from the Outer Banks to Myrtle Beach. Saltwater fishermen have come to depend and rely on Fisherman’s Post for its expertise and guidance.

Who better to take you to school? Fisherman’s Post invites you to partake of their 7th Annual Saltwater Fishing Schools. They have a Wilmington school scheduled for February eleventh, and a Morehead City school on the calendar for February 25th.

Cost is $90 in advance, $100 at the door. Hands down, it’s a wealth of information at a bargain price.

Each Saltwater Fishing School is an all day event, on Saturday, 7:30 am – 5 pm, full of seminars, advice, instructions, and even hands-on rigging stations. Anything and everything you need to know to make you become a more successful, result-producing saltwater angler is there.

Space doesn’t allow me to tell you the full story, so let me point you in the right direction for more of the skivvy. Go to, click on “Fishing Schools” for a complete list of classes, sessions, topics, and instructors. Also, you are welcome to call (910) 452-6378 or E-mail

Tight Lines encourages you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, as this fishing school was ranked by Sport Fishing Magazine as one of the top ten schools in the nation. From beginners to old salts, attending this school can make you a better, more productive fisherperson.

Hotspot of the Week – Fish are out there everywhere. It’s a simple question of whether the weather will cooperate. Most people can bundle up against the cold, but that wind will kick your hindquarters back to the dock every time.

Speckled trout can still be found in all the usual places. The wind tends to drive them up the creeks and tributaries, so seek and ye shall find. You might need to bring your lunch and stay a while, if you want to catch a legal limit. Plenty of small fish, but keepers are few and far in between.

Tarboro native son, Captain Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service reports some magnificent (his word, not mine) winter rockfish action on the lower Roanoke River near Plymouth. Put on your layers of clothes, and give it a shot. Captain Andrews and Tar- Pam Guide Service come highly recommended, and can be reached at (252) 945-9715, or check out their web site at Incidentally, Captain Andrews is scheduled to impart some of his wisdom at the Fisherman’s Post Saltwater Fishing School in Morehead City. Check ‘em out!

My Havelock buddyrow, Jerry Jackson, traversed the inland waterway to take his beautiful boat, Ava D, to West Palm Beach for the winter. He said it’s 75 degrees, sunny, and the sailfish are biting. He likes to use live bait. On a recent outing, he hooked-up 6 sailfish, and boated 4. Tough job, but somebody has to do it. Knowing I tend to call up my cousin RALPH in EUROPE on rough seas, JJ invited me down to fish. He wants me to be his human chum line. What a guy!

Rick’s Soapbox – Tar River First Shad Contest is off and running. Simply be the first to present a 2012 Tar River Hickory Shad at Roberson & Dupree Shoe Store, Main Street, Tarboro, and you could win the prize package valued at over $300. Contact Tight Lines or the shoe store for more info.

Catching fish? Tell us about it. Better yet, send us a picture with all the details. We love to hear from you at

See you on the water, my friend!

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