Feb. 17 likely to propel Pamlico into stratosphere of fishing universe

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DELAMAR CENTER – The guy is young, extremely personable, hard-working, winner of the chamber’s New Business of the Year, and best of all – he is a native son of Pamlico County!

You will enjoy knowing Todd Willis!


With Heather and son Colton (age 2), Todd owns and operates Neuse River Bait & Tackle on Hwy. 55 in Grantsboro. Spend any time at all with this guy, and you’ll come away thinking positive about the future of the U.S. economy.

Of course he loves fishing! But, first and foremost, Willis is a smart, astute small businessman. His norm-breaking one-day fishing extravaganza – set for Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Delamar Center on the campus of Pamlico Community College – is an excellent example of THINKING BIG.

“I had been thinking about doing something – sort of a different type of fishing school – and I had really, really been doing a lot of praying,” recalled Willis. “Well, one day I just said ‘what the heck.’ I got in touch with Mark Davis, who hosts ‘Big Water Adventures,’ which is the number one TV-show on the Outdoor Channel.”

At this point in the interview, Todd flashes his genuine, ear-to-ear, heartfelt smile. Here comes the boom —

“Well, I mean this guy is known ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! And, then Mark says to me: ‘No problem. I’ll be there!’”

Needless to say, there was no turning back. In fact, the wheels in Todd’s brain started rotating even faster.

“Yeah, I really like the name that we came up with. The Inshore Institute – it is not a seminar, not a lecture, and some people kid me that it sounds like something for crazy people. It’s going to be a fishing school that’s really different. Basically, even the guy who knows nothing, will go from zero to a hundred by the time he walks out that door.”

Willis envisions interplay and interaction – by way of one or more panel debates / discussions – among Davis and other fishing celebrities that he has recruited:



And, to top it off, each guide has donated a half-day excursion – a superb enticement that will reward seven lucky attendees with a door prize far exceeding the $100 price of admission. Todd also promises that everyone will receive valuable ‘captains bags’ loaded with goodies for both the experienced, and inexperienced, anglers

Also, Todd wants to give a super large — make that GIGANTIC — shout-out of appreciation to Jeff Ipock of New Bern-based Country Biscuit Restaurant, and to David Moore of Moore’s BBQ (with locations in New Bern, Winterville, and Morehead City).

“Country Biscuit’ is doing our breakfast that morning,” explained Todd. “And then, mid-day, Moore’s BBQ will do our lunch. My hat’s off to those guys – it is really AWESOME what they are doing for us.”

Confirmed attendance fir the Feb. 17 institute is now at 159 – and “when we started, we were hoping for just a hundred.” Space remains available. Please call (252) 745-0708, or visit www.neuseriverfishing.com.