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    Welcome to the 2020 Inshore Trail


    Click here to print out an entry form (pdf file) for the Inshore Trail: 2019 Inshore Trail Print Entry Form

    Click here to fill out an online entry form for the Inshore Challenge: 2019 Inshore Trail Online Registration

    Click here for a printable version of the Inshore Trail Rules: 2019 Inshore Trail Rules


    INSHORE TRAIL QUICK FACTS

    Trail Division: Red Drum (limited to 50 boats)

    Trail Entry Fee: $400 per boat
    Boats still must pay to enter each individual event, but boats will not have to pay entry fee for Trail Championship event.

    Trail Points: Point system is based on weight of fish in hundredths (ex. 7.65 lb. fish equals 7.65 points). Top teams will be determined by heaviest point/weight total of three heaviest red drum over course of the Trail.

    No Minimum Entry: Don’t have to fish all five events–fish as many events as you wish. Fishing more events, though, gives the boat the possibility of weighing in up to seven red drum (dropping four). Your goal is three heavy red drum at the end of the Trail.

    Red Drum Per Event: In the Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge, the Southport Inshore Challenge, and the Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge, one red drum per event qualifies for Inshore Trail standings. In the Topsail Inshore Challenge and the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge, up to two red drum qualify for Inshore Trail standings.

    Trail Championship Qualifying: Top 10 boats through Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge (heaviest three-fish aggregate) qualify for invite-only Championship. The top Trail boat in each of the five individual Trail payout events also qualifies (maximum of 14 boats qualifies for Championship).

    Trail Championship: This invite-only event will be held Sunday, September 13, at Inlet Watch Marina.

    Trail Payouts: $18,000 (based on 50 boats in each division), and Trail money is paid out through individual event payouts ($9,000) and Trail Championship ($9,000).

    Trail Individual Event Payouts:
    1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300
    (payouts will be awarded in all five Trail events: Ocean Isle, Topsail, WB, Southport, and CB)

    Trail Championship Payouts:
    1st–$5000, 2nd–$2500, 3rd–$1500

    Family Friendly Rules: As many anglers on boat as you like, can use live or dead bait, and fish don’t have to be weighed in alive (check each individual tournament’s rules for a more complete listing).


    INSHORE TRAIL QUALIFYING EVENTS

    Event #1
    Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge: May 29 – June 30, 2020, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
    Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

    Event #2
    Topsail Inshore Challenge: June 26 – 27, 2020, at East Coast Sports & Sloop Point Boat Storage
    Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

    Event #3
    Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge: July 24 – 25, 2020, at Wild Wing Cafe & Wrightsville Beach Marina
    Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

    Event #4
    Southport Inshore Challenge: August 21 – 22, 2020, at Southport Marina
    Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

    Event #5
    Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge: September 11 – 12, 2020, at Inlet Watch Marina
    Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300


    INSHORE TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

    Invite-only: Must be one of the top qualifying boats in the Inshore Trail to earn an invitation to fish this event.

    One Fishing Day: September 13, 2020, at Inlet Watch Marina
    Entry Fee: No separate entry fee–your entry fee is covered by your Inshore Trail entry fee
    TWT: A voluntary Single Big Red Drum TWT ($100) will be offered at the Captains’ meeting (the day before the fishing day)

    Winners for Red Drum Division based on boat’s heaviest single red drum.

    Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st–$5000, 2nd–$2500, 3rd–$1500
    (based on 50 boats entered in each division)


    CONTACT

    Please direct all questions to Fisherman’s Post at (910) 452-6378, or you can send an email to trail@fishermanspost.com.