2022 Show Schedule

Capt. Jerry Dilsaver

Capt. Jerry Dilsaver is from Southport-Oak Island, N.C. and learned to fish in the nearshore ocean and creeks of the lower Cape Fear River.  He began fishing as youngster with his dad and uncles and it inspired a passion that continues today.  He has fished recreationally, commercially and as a tournament competitor. In addition, he has written about the outdoors, particularly fishing, for more than 35 years.

Captain Dilsaver’s tournament resume` includes tournament wins and numerous high placings from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, Southern Kingfish Association National Championship in 2001 and the US Anglers Association Anglers of the Year title in 1998.  Captain Dilsaver was elected to the Southern Kingfish Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

Inshore Saltwater Fishing (Flounder, Red Drum and Speckled Trout): 
Saturday: 11:00am
Sunday: 11:30am
Meeting Rooms 103/104

This is the seminar for fishermen looking to improve their catching for the inshore saltwater species of flounder, red drum and speckled trout. Captain Dilsaver will mention other species, such as black drum and striped bass, but the emphasis will be on locating and catching more flatfish, puppy drum and

Nearshore Ocean Fishing for King Mackerel:
Saturday: 2:00pm
Sunday: 2:30pm
Meeting Rooms 103/104

King mackerel are considered everyman’s game fish by many fishermen and this presentation will cover several techniques to catch more and larger king mackerel. Locating and catching big kings was Captain Dilsaver’s tournament specialty and his years of experience and in-depth knowledge will help aspiring king mackerel fishermen shorten their learning curve.

Captain Ethan Bilderback

Captain Ethan Bilderback fishes from Wilmington to Swansboro and other great fishing spots on the East Coast. He’s a new breed of light tackle fisherman that brings a higher focus on factors that make for an improved angler. He approaches fishing in a unique way which makes him one of the most successful fishing guides in the region, earning him the respect of veteran guides and fishing experts.

Using Today’s Key Factors For Successful Inshore Fishing
Saturday at 12:30pm
Meeting Rooms 103/104

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating

Saturday 3:30-4:30pm
Meeting Rooms 103/104

Q & A on Safe Boating from a USCG panel.

Captain Tim Wilson

Tim began as a fishing guide in 1995 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. He has fished all over the United States, from Venice, LA, for Redfish, to the Pacific Northwest for Salmon and the Florida Keys for multiple species. Tim is the founder and editor of Saltwater Angler online magazine and has produced over 300 fishing seminars in the past.

Avoiding Inshore Fishing Mistakes
Sunday: 1:00pm
Meeting Rooms 103/104

Show Features

Musician Randy McQuay II

“He is a storyteller, Bluesman, and a master interpreter of modern American roots music. Randy McQuay II sings from the heart, plays guitar with abandon, and blows harmonica like he’s from another planet. He’s the 2015 Winner of The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, recipient of the prestigious Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player Award from The Blues Foundation, a Finalist performer at the 2017 IBC and the reigning Cape Fear Blues Challenge Solo Champion. Randy performs throughout the Carolinas and he’s a sought-after soloist, nationally known for his evocative takes on rhythm & blues, folk, rock & roll, funk, and roots music.”

-Lan Nichols President, Cape Fear Blues Society

Friday: 1pm-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm


The ICON A5 reinvents recreational aviation and lets you bring the exhilaration of flight to life like never before. Sport flying with the A5 is tailored to pilots who primarily fly for recreation — easy to fly, lightweight, and low operating costs. Come see this amazing aircraft to learn more!

Located in the Wilson Lot
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Yamaha Marine University

Cape Fear Community College, in partnership with Yamaha Marine, began offering Intro to Outboard Systems April 18, 2022. The 96-hour Intro to Outboard Systems course covers charging, ignition, gearcase, lubrication, trim, tilt, and cooling systems with the four-stroke theory of operation. Engines are current model Yamaha four-stroke outboards. Visit the Yamaha Marine University Trailer for a challenge to win a Yamaha hat/shirt.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Screen Printing Demonstration

Students and faculty from the Visual Arts program will be printing boat-themed artwork onto CFCC Draw String Bags on-site for distribution at the show. Participation is directed by:
Ben Billingsley –  Art instructor and lead instructor for printmaking
Topher Alexander – Adjunct Instructor in foundations and experienced printmaker
CFCC Print Club – Current CFCC art students

CFCC’s Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Visual Arts program offers strong foundational instruction with an emphasis on visual literacy, technical skills, observation, critical thinking, and creative expression for those planning to pursue a major of study in the arts at the four-year level.

On-Site Screen Printing Demonstrations by
The AFA Visual Arts Program at Cape Fear Community College
Saturday 11am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 3pm

Events by P3 Face Painting

Get the face painting design of your choice at the Wilmington Boat Show.

Saturday 12-4pm
Sunday 12-4pm

Food Vendors

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