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Wildlife Commission Offers Free Fishing Skills Events in June at Pechmann Center

  • 17 May 2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 17, 2017) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering fishing skills workshops and events in June at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 


All workshops and events are free, except for the Youth Fishing Summer Camp. Registration is required for all workshops except the Youth Fishing Day on June 10. Register online.


June 6 – Family Fishing Workshop from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Family Fishing Workshop provides an active, hands-on experience to families with children 7 and older who want to learn the basic skills needed to go fishing. Among the topics covered in this hands-on workshop are:

  • Casting a spin-cast rod and reel
  • Setting up a fishing outfit for fishing
  • Tying basic fishing knots
  • Collecting bait
  • Catching and releasing fish properly
  • Handling fish properly
  • Catching fish in the center’s stocked ponds

June 7 and 8 – Basic Adult Fishing Workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
This class is taught in two sessions and is designed for the beginning angler or those who are interested in learning how to fish. Topics include:

  • Selecting and using the proper equipment, including terminal tackle
  • Tying knots
  • Rigging
  • Baiting the hook
  • Casting with instructional demonstration
  • Detecting the bite, hook setting dynamics and fish handling

All materials are included.

June 10 – Youth Fishing Day from 8 a.m. to Noon
Youth Fishing Day is open to families with children 15 and younger. Young anglers registered at fishing events across the state can enter a drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinston. The first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license, donated by the N.C. State Council of Trout Unlimited. Walmart is the primary sponsor for this event and will provide prizes and gifts to registered participants at the center’s event. The first 200 kids to check-in will receive a free tackle box and a grab bag filled with fishing-related items.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment and bait (natural bait only), although a limited number of rod and reel combos will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Worms will be available for purchase. Register onsite day of event.

June 12-16 OR June 26-30 – Youth Fishing Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to Noon (2 one-week camps to choose from)
This one-week camp is open to youth ages 9 to 14. A registration fee of $20 is required for each week of camp. Loaner rods and reels, as well as bait and other materials, are included in the registration price. The tentative schedule is:

  • Monday – lanyard making and fishing for bluegill
  • Tuesday – Lure making and fishing for catfish
  • Wednesday – Fishing for bass and exploring aquatic insects
  • Thursday – Paddling on Lake Rim (kayaking)
  • Friday – Fishing Challenge Day (parents may fish with their children starting at 11 a.m.


A registration fee of $20 per camper is due on the Thursday of camp prior to the kayaking program. Due to limited space, campers may only register for one camp during the summer.


June 13 and 14 – Basic Coastal Navigation Course from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This two-night course will provide an overview of electronic navigation. Participants will learn practical techniques to plan, navigate and check their progress on the water. They will develop situational-awareness skills using their eyes and navigation tools to quickly point to their position on a chart, and will learn how to use backup techniques when electronics become suspect. The age limit for this course is 13 and older, and it would be ideal for Sea Scouts.

June 20 – Summertime Striped Bass Fishing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wildlife Commission Fisheries Biologist Ben Ricks will lead this seminar covering the many tactics used for striped bass fishing success, methods to reduce catch-and-release mortality and the biology of striped bass.

June 22 – Monthly Fly-Tying Forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This monthly fly-tying forum takes place the fourth Thursday of each month and provides participants with an opportunity to enhance their fly-tying skills. It is an extension of the Commission’s Beginning Fly-tying Course, and participants are given a handout for each pattern that includes the materials list and tying instructions so they can practice at home. The handout may be added to the fly-tying handbook that participants receive in the Beginning Fly-tying Course. While participants are encouraged to use their own equipment, equipment and materials are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. This forum is open to participants of all skill levels ages 10 and up; however, participants ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

June 23 – Introduction to Kayak Fishing Level II from 6:30-9 p.m.

This course, which is open to participants ages 16 and older, is the second in a series of three designed to give anglers and paddlers the skills to safely and successfully fish in sheltered waters from a kayak. Participants will meet at Lake Rim, which is directly across the street from the Pechmann Center, for instruction on launching and landing a kayak, paddle strokes, capsize recovery, anchoring, and basic fishing techniques. Participants should have completed Introduction to Kayak Fishing Level 1 before taking this workshop. All equipment and materials are provided. Limited to 12 participants.

For questions about this course, contact Gerald Klauss, an educator with the center, at or 910-868-5003 ext. 12.


For additional information about any of the fishing skills workshops and events at the Pechmann Center, contact Thomas Carpenter, center director, at or 910-868-5003, ext. 11.


The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, across from Lake Rim. Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. Most programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the center, or to see a schedule of upcoming events, visit and click on the “Learning” link.


For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit

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