CB Inshore Challenge Welcome
September 21 – 22, 2018, at Inlet Watch Marina
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Welcome to the 2018 Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge, a stand-alone, inshore tournament that also serves as the culmination of our five-event inshore series, the Anglers Marine/Ranger Inshore Tournament Trail. This year we’ve added some modifications and upgrades that promise to build on the popularity of this end-of-the-season flounder and red drum event.
The biggest news has to be that, thanks to the generous support of Landmark Sotheby’s and Joy Donat, we are able to guarantee the first place prize payouts. So no matter how many boats sign up this year, the top finishers in both the Flounder Division and the Red Drum Division will each receive a guaranteed $1000.
To add to the excitement of big payouts at awards, we will be offering a complimentary awards dinner catered by Moe’s Original BBQ, a delicious bbq plate with all the trimmings. Fisherman’s Post strives to put on events (not just competitions), and to that end we’ll also be hosting a Captains’ Party on Friday sponsored by R.A. Jeffreys and Anheuser Busch.
Yet another big change is that this year’s event will take place in (theoretically) cooler weather, as we’ve pushed the tournament deep into our great fall fishing season, holding the event for the first time in mid-October.
We’re thrilled to be returning to Inlet Watch Marina for our eighth year. Inlet Watch features the iconic background of Carolina Beach Inlet, and the location is central to some of North Carolina’s finest flounder and red drum fishing.
This year’s event will be returning to the easier (and more schedule-friendly) one day of fishing, and boats will be searching for a single heavy flounder and a single heavy red drum. One big fish of either species can get your team a place on the split leaderboard (paying out 1-8 places for both flounder and red drum).
To complement the main leaderboard, we’ll be offering a host of (voluntary) TWTs to add lots of dough to winning anglers’ checks—Single Big Flounder, Single Big Red Drum, High Roller Big Flounder, and High Roller Big Red Drum.
We’re still offering the $50 guaranteed bounty for the Junior, Lady, and Senior anglers scaling the heaviest single fish (flounder or red drum), and once again we will be awarding Specialty Weight prizes, an Aggregate prize, and the SeaTow prize.
Another popular prize will be the Bazen Custom Rods Raffle, where each team weighing in a fish receives a complimentary ticket for a $225+ custom rod. And Carolina Beach is where we will finally be awarding the $2000 Power-Pole (sponsored by MarineMax).
In the hopes of creating a relaxed, family-friendly event, teams are welcome to fish as many anglers as can safely fit on their boats; use live, dead, and artificial baits; and weigh fish in alive or dead without penalty.
In addition, we want to do what we can to protect the resources that make North Carolina fishing a big part of our lives, so we’re encouraging teams to weigh fish in alive by offering an extra $20 for each fish in releasable condition that makes the leaderboard.
Finally, we’ll be donating proceeds from the event to the Wilmington Elks to aid their mission of helping children, enhancing communities, and honoring the service and sacrifices of our military veterans.
If you’ve never fished a tournament before, Fisherman’s Post events are a great way to join in on the experience. Come eat and drink with us on Friday, bring in a couple of heavy fish on Saturday, and then eat and drink with us again.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director