Inshore Trail Rules


Click here for a printable version of the rules: 2018 Inshore Trail Rules.

  1. The Inshore Trail is a tournament series made up of five qualifying events and one invite-only Championship event.
  2. The Inshore Trail features both a Flounder Division and a Red Drum Division. Boats are allowed to enter both divisions, and each division is limited to 50 boats.
  3. The five tournaments that serve as qualifiers for points towards earning an invitation to the Championship event are the following: Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge (event #1—one flounder and/or one red drum qualifies), Topsail Inshore Challenge (event #2—two red drum and/or one flounder qualifies), Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge (event #3—one flounder and/or one red drum qualifies), Southport Inshore Challenge (two flounder and/or one red drum qualifies), and Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge (event #5—one flounder and/or one red drum qualifies).
  4. The Championship event will be held Sunday, September 23, at Inlet Watch Marina (the day after the Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge).
  5. The entry fee for each division in the Inshore Trail is $300 per boat/team. Inshore Trail teams will still need to pay the entry fee to enter each individual event they choose to compete in.
  6. This is a team competition. The team must designate a captain and a co-captain when registering for the Inshore Trail, and the captain and/or co-captain must be on board for any fish to qualify in the individual events (and the Championship event). Teams are allowed to change boats over the course of the qualifying events and Championship event, but teams are not allowed to change the captain or co-captain.
  7. Points will be accumulated under the team’s name.
  8. Teams will be awarded points in each individual tournament corresponding to their qualifying flounder and/or their qualifying red drum. For example, if a team registered in the Flounder Division weighs a 4.65 lb. flounder, the team will receive 4.65 points towards the Flounder Division.
  9. In the Topsail Inshore Challenge, a team must be entered in the Flounder TWT for a flounder to count towards Inshore Trail points. In the Southport Inshore Challenge, a team must be entered in the Red Drum TWT for a red drum to count towards Inshore Trail points.
  10. Participants may fish any or all of the events to qualify for points toward the Inshore Trail Championship. Teams are not required to fish a minimum number of events.
  11. The top 10 Flounder Division teams with the highest point totals for up to three flounder over the course of the five qualifying events will qualify for the Inshore Trail Championship. Flounder Division teams can earn an automatic invitation to the Championship event by winning one of the four Inshore Trail Flounder payouts during the qualifying events.
  12. The top 10 Red Drum teams with the highest point totals for up to three red drum over the course of the five qualifying events will qualify for the Inshore Trail Championship. Red Drum Division teams can earn an automatic invitation to the Championship event by winning one of the four Inshore Trail Red Drum payouts during the qualifying events.
  13. In the event of a tie at the culmination of the five qualifying events, the tie will be broken by the team’s heaviest fish (individual flounder for Flounder Division and individual red drum for Red Drum Division). In the event a tie still exists, the winner will be declared by the team that weighed in their heaviest single fish first.
  14. By entering the Inshore Trail, the captain, crew, and team consent that the Inshore Trail may use without payment or restrictions any photographs in which he or she appears for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial, or promotional material.
  15. Infractions of the individual tournament rules and/or Inshore Trail rules may impact a team’s ability to fish the rest of the qualifying events and/or the Championship event.
  16. Competitors may be subject to a polygraph test at any time over the course of the Inshore Trail, and a failed polygraph will be grounds for immediate disqualification from the Inshore Trail. The top finishers in the Championship event will be required to take a polygraph test.
  17. Any protests regarding Inshore Trail rules shall be accompanied by a $200 cash deposit, and the protest must be made within one hour of the close of scales at the Championship event. The deposit will be returned if the protest is upheld, and the deposit will be forfeited to the Inshore Trail if the protest is not upheld.
  18. All rule decisions are left to the Inshore Trail Committee, and all decisions are final.
  19. The Inshore Trail Committee has the right to refuse entry from any applicant.
  20. All captains, crewmembers, and teams are responsible for reading and following all individual tournament and Inshore Trail rules.

Questions? Contact Fisherman’s Post at (910) 452-6378 or trail@fishermanspost.com.