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Tournament Reports –Topsail Spring Surf and Pier Challenge

Tournament Reports –Topsail Spring Surf and Pier Challenge

The Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge attracted a record number of pier anglers and a predictable number of surf anglers in 2019. There were 70 anglers in the Pier Division, spread out over the three Topsail piers—Seaview, Surf City, and Jolly Roger. Then 124 anglers signed up for the Surf Division, plying the […]

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Tournament Reports –Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge

Tournament Reports –Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge

North Carolina surf fishing tournaments are full of strong competition, mostly from the veteran anglers who know the Carolina coasts’ sandbars and sloughs like the back of their sunburnt hands. It’s not uncommon to see the same names top the leaderboards year after year at any big surf fishing event, but at the 2019 Fisherman’s […]

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Tournament Reports –Mandie Phillips Memorial Fishing Tournament

The 3rd iteration of the Mandie Phillips Memorial Fishing Tournament was originally slated for September 22, 2018, but like so many coastal North Carolina events, it had to be postponed due to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. And though it was eventually rescheduled for April 20, 2019, the weather still had other ideas, as tropical […]

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Tournament Reports – Cape Fear River Watch StriperFest

Tournament Reports – Cape Fear River Watch StriperFest

The health of the Cape Fear River fishery has been concerning to a lot of anglers over the years, and 2018’s Hurricane Florence certainly didn’t help things. “There’s no doubt,” says Capt. Jamie Rushing, “that the fishery took a hard hit during the storm. We lost a lot of fish.” Capt. Rushing was the winner […]

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Tournament Reports – 14th Annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

Tournament Reports – 14th Annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

The 14th annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament was held this year on January 26. The event gives pier anglers a chance to enjoy some healthy competition and win prizes during the pier’s off-season, when there’s typically not a lot going on. Al Baird, the event’s director, says that the winter tournament is designed to […]

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