Thad Wester Fishing School
Join us September 29th - October 1st, 2017 for our next semester!
The BHI Conservancy’s Fishing School began in 1983 and it is named after its first dean and founding BHI Conservancy member, Thad Wester. Now in it's 35th year, the Fishing School continues to generate great enthusiasm for fishing from beginners and seasoned pros alike in a format that is as educational as it is enjoyable. This year's fishing school will hold a special place in the hearts of many due to Dr. Wester's passing in February 2017.
Friday: Fishing School begins at 1:00PM in the Barrier Island Study Center with instruction by Professors of the Piscatorial Arts and Fishing School Alumni. After time in the classroom with the lesson plan below, the day will conclude with an evening social, where appetizers and beverages will be provided. Participants may bring a guest to Friday's social for $20 per additional person.
Fishing Identification • Where to Fish on BHI • Hooks, Baits & Bait Rigging • Knots, Knot Tying & Leaders • Surf Rods & Reels • Weights, Lines & Casting • Releasing & Conservation • Fishing with Kids • Fishing Safety
Saturday: Fishing will begin at 7:45AM on the beach. Lunch will be provided. The day will conclude with a fish fry, where participants will eat what they caught during the day! Awards will be presentated at the fish fry. Participants may bring a guest to Saturday's dinner for $25 per additional person.
Sunday: The crew will again head out to the beach at 7:45AM. Fishing School will conclude at 11:00AM.
"The teachers were great and I learned a lot even though I have fished all my life. The interns did a wonderful job. The lunch, socials, and dinner were great. What a great event and way to meet people!!" —Brady Anderson
"I have a ton of passion for the parent/child partner involvement in Thad Wester’s Fishing School. I think that was part of his original intent...It’s so much more than just fishing. What a gift that I’ve been a part of that." - Steve Montgomery, Instructor
Advanced "No-Frills" Fishing School - October 13 - 14, 2017
This advanced, no-frills fishing school will be offered to 10 people maximum. It is highly recommended that those who enroll in Advanced Fishing School have already attended the Thad Wester Fishing School or have advanced fishing knowledge.
Friday 10/13/2017: There will be orientation from 2:00PM - 3:00PM and guests will meet later on the beach at 5:00PM for night fishing. Light snacks and water will be provided.
Saturday 10/14/2017: Fishing will take place from 8:00AM - 3:00PM. Snacks, water, soda and lunch will be provided.