The "Cape Fear-Atlantic Voyage" is
for groups that want the most "at sea" experience coupled with
a lot of fishing action. This excursion is also a good trip for
sighting dolphins and discovering marine life caught in a shrimp
net. The exhilaration and freedom of being on the ocean is something
the students will always remember. Many of your students will
catch the first fish they have ever caught during this excursion!
We fish 3 miles offshore over sunken ships that
provide a rich habitat for numerous species of fish. Everybody
gets to fish! We provide all that is needed for fishing, including
rods, tackle, and bait. The vast majority of the students catch
fish on most trips. This includes students who have never fished
before! It is a great thrill for the students to catch their
very first fish. Likely catch includes sea bass, tom-tates, porgies,
hog fish, blow fish, and lizard fish. In the early spring the
catch also includes small sharks and bluefish. Taking students
fishing is a great way to spark their interest in the natural
The fish that are caught will be studied to
yield insights into their adaptations and behavior. Discussion
will also include the role of shipwrecks and other reefs as habitats
for marine life. Even the bait is interesting to study. The squid
we put on the hooks is an important part of marine food webs,
is an ancient form of marine life, and has a fascinating anatomy.
We also pull a shrimp net in order to collect
a vast array of fish and invertebrates. The students learn about
the marine life that is collected which often includes numerous
species of fish, crabs, echinoderms, and sea anemones. Our instructors
lead all activities and add insights to the students' discoveries.
Bottlenose dolphin are often sighted during this trip. Other
possible observations can include sea turtles, jellyfish, and
sharks lurking around the boat as we fish.