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Oak Island Recreation Department Offers Saltwater Fishing School 
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Oak Island Recreation Department Offers Saltwater Fishing School 

Oak Island Recreation Department Offers Saltwater Fishing School 


Oak Island Recreation Department Offers Saltwater Fishing School 

Fishermen wanting to improve their skills and add more fish to their coolers during 2019 have two opportunities to learn from a pair of the best on February 2 and 9, 2019. Captains Butch Foster and Jerry Dilsaver will be the featured speakers at a pair of all-day fishing school presented by the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department. 

The schools will feature sessions on the inshore species of speckled trout, red drum, black drum and flounder, plus sessions for ocean fishermen on catching offshore bottom fish, big red drum, flounder, and gray trout on the artificial reefs, and Spanish mackerel and king mackerel in the nearshore ocean waters. There will also be a hands-on session on throwing cast nets, both small and large. The sessions will be informal with questions welcomed. 

The day should prove to be entertaining as well as informative as Captains Foster and Dilsaver intertwine fishing tales and coastal humor into their presentations. There will be boatloads of useful knowledge too. Captains Foster and Dilsaver are two of the most successful fishermen on the Tar Heel Coast and enjoy helping others improve their fishing knowledge and skills. 

Aspiring fishermen should make plans to attend one of the schools. The captains will share tips, techniques, and tactics with the participants. This will be the tenth Oak Island Fishing School and the past six have filled. This event was begun as a single day and expanded to two dates several years back to meet increased participation in hopes of not having to turn anyone away. The Oak Island Recreation Department promises it will be entertaining and chock full of tips on how to make fishing more productive, more fun, and easier. 

The 2019 Oak Island Saltwater Fishing Schools will be held Saturday, February 2, and Saturday, February 9, at the Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC. The day will begin sharply at 9:00 A.M. and should conclude by 4:30 P.M. In addition to the sessions, each participant will receive a goodie bag with lots of samples and there will be door prize drawings. A catered lunch is also included. 

Registration for the school is $65 in advance or $75 at the door – if seats are still available. The school has filled the past six years and it is wise to register as early as possible. Gift certificates are available for those wanting to give a day of fishing instruction as a Christmas or birthday present. 

For more information contact the Oak Island Recreation Department at 910-278-5518 or Capt. Dilsaver at 910-279-6760. Information is also available on-line at and 

Good Fishing