Fayetteville Fishing Education Center Hosts Blue Catfishing Seminar

Zakk Royce, with a 100-pound catfish he recently caught. Photo Source ncwildlife.org.
Zakk Royce, with a 100-pound catfish he recently caught. Photo Source ncwildlife.org.

NC Wildlife Commission Offers Blue Catfishing Seminar at Pechmann Center

Released by Jodie B. Owen, ncwildlife.org

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a free blue catfish seminar on April 6, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm, at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center.

The seminar, “Fishing for North Carolina’s Giant Catfish,” will be taught by Zakk Royce, a Murfreesboro angler who caught back-to-back blue catfish state records in December and who runs Blues Brothers Catfish Guide Service out of Lake Gaston.

Among the topics Mr. Royce will cover are equipment selection, from what type of rod-and-reel is best for fishing for big blues, to the different types of reels; line and line size; and terminal tackle. He will discuss how to catch different types of bait, including live bait and cut bait, and how and under what circumstances each should be used. He will also cover the different types of structure favored by blue catfish as well as the techniques used to catch these often large, sought-after non-game fish.

Space is limited and pre-registration online is strongly encouraged. For more information about the blue catfish seminar, contact Education Center Director Thomas Carpenter at 910-868-5003.

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located at 7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville NC, across from Lake Rim. NC Wildlife Commission staff at the Pechmann Fishing Education Center conduct 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 www.ncwildlife.org and click on the “Learning” link.

For more information on fishing in NC public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.

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