2023 Show Schedule


FREE Rod & Reel Combo for Participants
Saturday: Noon & 2pm
Sunday: Noon & 2pm
Located in the River Concourse Meeting Rooms by Escalators

Captain Don Dingman, host of the TV Show “Hook the Future” and long-time Captain, leads educational and entertaining fishing clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast. Don has a passion for teaching thousands of families annually how to succeed in fishing, while spending quality time in the outdoors with people you love.

At the end of each clinic kids will have an opportunity for questions and answers followed by a kids-only free raffle with dozens of great prizes. Kids (clinic participants only) will go home with a free Hook the Future/ Carolina Skiff custom rod & reel combo.

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, a 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.

Saturday: 11:00 – 12:00
Sunday: 11:00am – 12:00
Inshore Saltwater Fishing (Flounder, Red Drum and Speckled Trout):

Fishing in the coastal sounds, marshes and creeks for flounder, red drum and speckled trout is the fastest growing segment of saltwater fishing and this seminar will be helpful for novice fishermen and experienced anglers. Captain Dilsaver will offer tips on rods, reels, lines, lures, baits, locations, tactics and techniques for catching these fish, plus several other species, such as black drum and striped bass.

Saturday: 1:30pm – 2:30
Sunday: 1:30pm – 2:30
Nearshore Ocean Fishing for King Mackerel:

King Mackerel are the big game fish easily reached by all Carolina ocean fishermen and their dogged determination and lightning quick runs makes them a favorite. This fishing is where Capt. Dilsaver shines and his years of recreational fishing and tournament success provides a wealth of knowledge to share. He will cover tackle, techniques, tactics and locations to help king mackerel fishermen catch more and larger king mackerel.

Chris Tryon with Hook Line & Paddle

Chris, the owner of Hook Line and Paddle has been kayak fishing for 20 years He grew up in New England canoeing with a passion for paddle sports. He moved to coastal North Carolina and realized very quickly that a canoe was not the right craft, so he moved into a kayak. With time, his interests moved to fishing, especially fly fishing. Chris has helped grow the sport of kayak fishing as well as recreational kayaking in the Wilmington area. His professional endorsements include Native Watercraft and Astral Designs, both NC based companies. Others include Accent Paddles, Immersion Research & Pure Fishing.

Chris Tryon with Hook, Line and Paddle
Saturday: 12:15-1:15
Sunday: 12:15-1:15
Located on the Event Lawn
Intro to Kayak for Fishing with discussion on:

– Pedal vs Paddle
– Options for rigging a fishing kayak
– Local waters and tactics for kayak fishing
– Weather, Tides, Bait choices and how to fish the waters
– Safety: Life jacket choices, lights, and other misc. items.
– Wrap up with Q & A

Show Features

Dream Weaver Face Painter

Saturday and Sunday Noon – 4pm

Food Vendors