Hatteras Island Surf Challenge Welcome

September 22 – 24, 2017


Welcome to the inaugural Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge, a brand-new event Fisherman’s Post is very excited to bring to the beachfront from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village over the weekend of September 23-25.

Hatteras surf fishing is world class and legendary, and our hope is to add to this dynamic surf fishing culture/community by bringing our popular tournament format to the island. We offer individual competition, big cash payouts, and anglers are allowed to fish anywhere ocean-side they choose along Hatteras Island and take their fish to one of five weigh-in locations available in five different townships.

Those that choose to fish with us will stop by our Registration on Friday, check in and grab a wristband, and then go scout out likely spots on the beach. Fishing takes place round-the-clock from midnight on Friday to noon on Sunday, and immediately following the close of fishing will be our Awards Dinner (a complimentary meal catered by Good Winds) and Awards Ceremony.

Participants will be looking to weigh in the heaviest flounder, bluefish, sea mullet, and spanish mackerel over the course of the event, but to make sure anglers have the best chance to post fish on the leaderboard, the tournament may choose to substitute black drum for flounder or substitute pompano for spanish mackerel (these decisions will be based on fishing reports the week leading up to the event).

The five heaviest of each species in the four divisions will earn their lucky anglers slots on the leaderboard and prize checks. We’ll also be offering a slot red drum TWT that will reward the anglers scaling the top three heaviest reds (in North Carolina’s 18-27” slot) weighed in over the weekend.

However, if you catch and release a citation red drum during tournament hours, then we want to honor your catch, too. All citation anglers will have their name added to the Big Red Hall of Fame plaque that will be on display all year round at Hatteras Jack. And each year we will keep adding new names to the existing names on the plaque.

We’re excited to be featuring Tournament HQ at Rodanthe’s Hatteras Jack. Ryan and Becky and the other members of the Hatteras Jack family graciously volunteered the use of their facility over the weekend, and we’ll be setting up shop there for Friday’s Registration and Sunday’s Awards.

Hatteras Jack will also serve as one of the five weigh stations. Anglers fishing up and down the island will be pleased to hear that we’ll also have weigh stations in Avon (Frank and Fran’s), Buxton (Red Drum Tackle), Frisco (Frisco Tackle), and Hatteras Village (Teach’s Lair), so there’s a weigh station convenient to anywhere you may choose to fish over the weekend.

To encourage participants to bring the whole family down to experience that camaraderie firsthand, we’ve got Junior, Senior, and Lady angler prizes, and the heaviest of any of the four eligible species weighed in by those anglers will earn a guaranteed $50.

With a cash-based tournament, it’s important that participants believe in the integrity of the results. So to help make sure everyone plays fair, we will randomly select some of the top finishers to participate in a polygraph test on Sunday before we hand out and any prize checks.

The checks and prizes that anglers will be walking away with on Sunday are only part of the story. The sense of community born out of these events is always a pleasure to see and feel for all involved, and participants, volunteers, and sponsors can also feel good knowing that all proceeds from the sale of tournament fish will be donated to Hatteras Island’s Meals on Wheels.

Anyone interested can call (910) 452-6378 or email surf@fishermanspost.com for more information, or you can pre-register in person at three of the weigh station locations (Hatteras Jack, Frisco Tackle, and Teach’s Lair), online via our website at www.fishermanspost.com (click on “Tournaments”), by mailing in an entry form, or by calling (910) 452-6378.

Gary Hurley / Tournament Director
(910) 452-6378