CB Inshore Challenge Welcome
October 6 – 7, 2017, at Inlet Watch Marina
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Welcome to the 2016 Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge, a strong and well-attended inshore event that also serves as the culmination of our five-event Inshore Trail series.
We’re thrilled to be returning to Inlet Watch Marina for our seventh year of hosting an event in the iconic background of Carolina Beach Inlet. And it’s also a location central to some of North Carolina’s finest flounder and red drum fishing.
Since this is Fisherman’s Post’s final inshore event of the season, we’ve decided to up the ante on what teams can bring to the scales. For the first time in our tournament history, we will be offering two days of fishing. Now boats can weigh up to two flounder and two red drum on Saturday, and the weigh in up to two flounder and two red drum on Sunday. We will cull your two heaviest flounder and two heaviest red drum over the two days of fishing to find (hopefully) your place on the leaderboard (paying out 1-8 places for both red drum and flounder).
And since two days of fishing should equal bigger payouts, we’ve also raised the ante on the entry fee ($175 per boat early) so that we will be giving out the biggest checks of the year (on Sunday, the second day of fishing).
In addition to the main leaderboards, we’ll also be offering a quartet of voluntary TWT’s to add some dough to winning anglers’ checks from the event—Two Flounder, Two Red Drum, High Roller Single Flounder, and High Roller Single Red Drum.
Like all our events, Fisherman’s Post believes in encouraging participation from the whole family, so we’re also offering separate Junior, Lady, and Senior Angler guaranteed payouts on top of the primary prizes on our leaderboard. In addition, each junior angler weighing a fish (flounder or red drum) will also receive a complimentary Betts Nets cast net to reward their efforts and encourage a lifelong love of fishing.
And many of the other secondary prizes that anglers are familiar with from our other events will be returning as well, including two SeaTow prizes (one for the heaviest red drum and one for the heaviest flounder weighed in by a current SeaTow member) and our popular Bazen Custom Rods Raffle (where each team weighing in a fish receives a complimentary ticket for the raffle of a $225+ custom rod from the Carolina Beach-based builder).
While this and all the other Inshore Trail events are solid standalone tournaments, anglers have been accumulating points over the course of the summer towards our leaderboards for 2016 Red Drum and 2016 Flounder champions, and at the Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge, each team will be able to count both their flounder and both their red drum from the event towards the season-long point standings. We hope this not only encourages more people to fish the event (and more people equals bigger payouts), but also leads to an exciting and competitive conclusion to the 2016 InshoreTrail.
Fisherman’s Post strives to put on events, not simply tournaments, and to that end we’ll be hosting a camaraderie-filled Captains’ Party sponsored by R.A. Jeffreys, Budweiser, and Sweetwater Brewing on Friday evening, along with an Awards Dinner and Party following Sunday’s fishing with food from David’s Deli and Papa Murphy’s Pizza.
We also believe in creating a relaxed, family-friendly event, so 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.
We do believe in doing what we can to protect the resources that make these events and our favorite sport possible, so we’re encouraging teams to weigh fish in alive by offering an extra $10 for each fish making the leaderboard (up to two red drum and two flounder per boat).
The camaraderie and fellowship at this event is some of our favorite of the year, with many friends old and new, so come see us on Friday, September 9, at Inlet Watch to sign up and get in on the fun.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director