36th Annual Thad Wester Fishing School

October 8th - 10th, 2021

Here is your chance to catch HUGE Red Drum.  

Weekend Preview

Friday: Fishing School check-in begins at 12:00 PM and classroom instruction begins at 1:00 PM on the Bald Head Island Conservancy campus with Professors of the Piscatorial Arts and Fishing School Alumni. Classroom lessons will include the following topics:

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 7:45 AM on the beach and will continue through the late afternoon. Lunch will be provided. A fish fry social will be held Saturday evening beginning around 6:45 PM. Guests are welcome to attend for $25/ticket purchased in advance.

Sunday: The crew will again head out to the beach at 7:45 AM. Fishing School will conclude at 11:00 AM.

Fishing School

October 8th - 10th, 2021


Adults:  $300  |  Children (9-12):  $150*
Saturday Night Guest at Fish Fry Social : $25

*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.


* Limit of 20 Total Participants - Register Early, as we sell out every year! *
Questions? Call us at 910-338-0910.

"The teachers were great and I learned a lot even though I have fished all my life. The interns did a wonderful job.  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

What you need for Fishing School:
  • North Carolina Fishing License
  • Rod & Reel 
  • Terminal Tackle - several 2-hook bottom rigs, 2, or 3 oz. sinkers (or weights appropriate for your rod), 2/0 – 3/0  CircleHooks. (Note:  Some terminal tackle will be provided)
  • Knife & Pliers
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and Insect Repellant
  • 5 or 6 Gallon Plastic Bucket & Lid, and/or Tackle Box if you prefer
  • Hand Towel
  • Light Rain Jacket & Sweatshirt
  • Pen, paper, and personal laptop or tablet for classroom sessions