on Apr 02, 2014 09:22 AM • Views 2913
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (April 2, 2014) — A few openings remain for the 3rd Annual Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held 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,
  • Kayak Fishing for Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, 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 archery business  in Lake Wylie, S.C.

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.