Thad Wester Basic Fishing School

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The 2014 Fishing School will take place Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21.

"The teachers were great and I learned a lot even though I have fished all my life.  The interns did a wonderful job getting everything to the point and back.  The lunch and, socials and dinner were great. What a great event and way to meet people!!" —Brady Anderson

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The Conservancy’s Fishing School began in 1983 and continues to generate great enthusiasm for fishing from beginners and seasoned pros alike. Now in its 31st year, the Fishing School offers a format that is as educational as it is enjoyable. It takes place annually during a weekend in Septemeber.

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Fishing School

Adults $275

Children 9 - 12 yrs. $125

Last Year's Schedule Included:

Friday Classroom Session Began at 1:00 PM & Friday Ended With an Evening Social

Friday classroom instruction is led by Professors of the Piscatorial Arts & other Fishing School alumni, and includes:

Fish Identification

Where to fish

Hooks, baits and bait rigging

Knots, knot tying and leaders

Surf rods and reels

Weight, lines and casting

Releasing and conservation

Fishing with kids

Fishing safety

Saturday - Fishing at the Point began at 7:45am

Lunch and Dinner provided - We Cook What We Catch!

Sunday - Fishing at the Point began at 7:45am

Lunch provided - Fishing School Ends at Noon with Graduation & Awards Ceremony


Participants may bring guests to the Friday social ($20/person) & Saturday dinner ($25/person). Please make reservations.

Space Is Very Limited, So Register Early!

To sign up for the Thad Wester Fishing School either call the Bald Head Island Conservancy at (910) 457-0089 or register online! 


Water +Woods Meeting
Watch Live Here.
Today, September 2nd 10am - Noon
Please join representatives of the Village of BHI, the BHI Conservancy, BHI Limited and the Coastal Reserve at a community discussion on a request by the Village and Limited to use the well field located on a small tract of land in the Maritime Forest. This land was designated by Limited several decades ago to be used as a well field to provide drinking water for the Island. The meeting will include brief presentations followed by a question and answer session.  


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