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The fish pool outside the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Photo by Hannah Leyva.
The fish pool outside the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. File photo by Hannah Leyva.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting “Reel Fun Fishing Day” this Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can learn fishing tips and best practices, and younger guests will learn how to tie nautical knots and make crafts to take home. There will also be more hands-on outdoor adventures for those interested in putting what they learned to use.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a surf fishing workshop. This includes a one-hour classroom session followed by surf fishing on a nearby beach. The program will occur no matter the weather, and all equipment and bait will be provided. Participants must be 10 years of age or older.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the aquarium is offering a program about the salt marsh and crabbing. It is open to guests ages 7 and older and teaches them about the challenges of catching blue crabs. Crab biology and crab equipment lessons will precede a catch-and-release session. All bait and equipment will be provided.

“Reel Fun Fishing Day” is free with the price of admission to the aquarium, but the two outdoor activities are not and require preregistration. The cost for the surf fishing workshop is $15 per participant. For the salt marsh and crabbing program, the cost is $17 for 7-12-year-olds and $19 for those ages 13 and up.

Guests can preregister online here or call (910) 772-0500.