on Mar 04, 2014 11:40 AM • Views 3829

Fresh water kayaking for bass is one of the topics that will be covered at the free Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville on April 5. (Photo by Keith Hendrickson)

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (March 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:

  • Kayak Safety and Rigging;
  • Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel;
  • Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and,
  • Fresh water kayaking for Bass, Panfish, Catfish and Carp.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on Lake Rim using fishing kayaks provided by Hunt, Fish and Paddle — a full-service fishing, kayak and archerybusiness  in Lake Wylie, S.C.

Heroes on the Water, an organization that provides basic kayak fishing instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for injured, wounded or disabled military personnel, is partnering with the Wildlife Commission again this year to provide food vendor services. They will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks to raise funds to help provide kayak fishing outings for veterans.

The annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop has grown in popularity since it started in 2012, with more than 90 adults participating in last year’s workshop. Several of the smaller, 12-foot fishing kayaks will be available for teens and young adults to use this year, according to Thomas Carpenter, a natural curator at the Pechmann Center.

“We’ll have more than 40 kayaks for participants to try out and several of the smaller, 12-foot fishing kayaks will be available for teens and young adults,” Carpenter said. “We’re trying to make this an event the whole family can enjoy.”

While the workshop is free, pre-registration is required due to limited space. To register, contact Carpenter at 910-868-5003, ext. 15, or thomas.carpenter@ncwildlife.org. The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road in Fayetteville, directly across the street from Lake Rim.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the fishing page.

a high-resolution version of the photo above. Please credit Keith Hendrickson.