2018 Inshore Tournament Trail


    • INSHORE TRAIL QUICK FACTS

      Trail Divisions: Flounder (limited to 50 boats) & Red Drum (limited to 50 boats)
      Boats can enter both Flounder Division and Red Drum Division.

      Trail Entry Fee: $300 per boat for Flounder Division; $300 per boat for Red Drum Division
      Boats still must pay to enter each individual event, but boats will not have to pay entry fee for 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 flounder or 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 six fish (dropping three). Your goal is three heavy fish in one or both divisions at the end of the Trail.

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

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

      Trail Championship: This invite-only event will be held Sunday, September 23, at Inlet Watch Marina for both the Flounder Division and Red Drum Division.

      Trail Payouts: $27,000 (based on 50 boats in each division), and Trail money is paid out through individual event payouts ($15,200) and Trail Championship ($11,800).

      Trail Individual Event Payouts:
      Flounder (Ocean Isle, WB, Southport, and CB): 1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380 (in all four events)
      Red Drum (Ocean Isle, Topsail, WB, and CB): 1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380 (in all four events)

      Trail Championship Payouts:
      Flounder–1st-$3000, 2nd-$1750, 3rd-$1150
      Red Drum–1st-$3000, 2nd-$1750, 3rd-$1150

      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: June 1 – 2, 2018, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
      Flounder Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380
      Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380

      Event #2
      Topsail Inshore Challenge: June 29 – 30, 2018, at East Coast Sports
      Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380

      Event #3
      Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge: July 27 – 28, 2018, at Wild Wing Cafe and Wrightsville Beach Marina
      Flounder Trail Payouts: 1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380
      Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380

      Event #4
      Southport Inshore Challenge: August 24 – 25, 2018, at Southport Marina
      Flounder Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380

      Event #5
      Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge: September 21 – 22, 2018, at Inlet Watch Marina
      Flounder Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380
      Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st-$950, 2nd-$570, 3rd-$380


      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 23, 2018, at Inlet Watch Marina
      Entry Fee: No separate entry fee–your entry fee is covered by your Inshore Trail entry fee
      TWTs: Voluntary TWTs will be offered at the Captains’ meeting, the day before the fishing day

      Winners for Flounder Division based on boat’s single heaviest flounder and winners for Red Drum Division based on boat’s single heaviest red drum.

      Flounder Trail Payouts:  1st-$3000, 2nd-$1750, 3rd-$1150
      Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st-$3000, 2nd-$1750, 3rd-$1150
      (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.