Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge Welcome
May 29 – 30, 2020, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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Welcome to the 7th Annual Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge, an early season event that’s a great standalone tournament (if you just want to join in on the tournament experience) and also serves as the kickoff to the 2020 Fisherman’s Post Inshore Trail.
The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is once again our host site, and we are happy to return to this picturesque location for registration, weigh-in, and awards (thanks to the continuing hospitality of the McMullan family).
Everyone likes free food, especially at the end of a day of tournament fishing, and this year thanks to Pelican’s Perch we will be offering a fully catered Awards Dinner (an entrée, sides, and all the fixings) on Saturday immediately following the close of weigh-in.
Due to the flounder closure, we’ll be featuring a new format in 2020: a one red drum / one speckled trout leaderboard, rewarding anglers who weigh the heaviest single fish in each category.
We’ll be paying eight places on each side of the leaderboard, with secondary prizes for the heaviest fish weighed by a junior, lady, and senior angler.
Of course everyone likes the idea of walking away from the event with a big check, and our Ocean Isle event offers optional Red Drum and Speckled Trout TWTs alongside the main leaderboard as a way to further fatten your winnings. new for 2020, we’ll also be offering a “Trash Fish” TWT.
The “Trash Fish” TWT payouts will go to the boats that weigh in the heaviest weight of up to one oyster toad and up to one lizardfish. You don’t have to weigh in both species to qualify, and you can’t weigh in more than one of each species, but by the close of scales three teams will get paid for their “un-success.” For those that are wondering, all of the oyster toads and lizardfish weighed in will be donated to local crabbers to be used as bait.
Also returning from past tournaments are the SeaTow prizes, a $50 OIFC gift certificate for the heaviest red drum and a $50 OIFC gift certificate for the heaviest speckled trout caught by SeaTow members. New this year, though, is the Havana’s Restaurant Giveaway–every boat that weighs in a fish is automatically entered into this new “raffle-type” prize where one lucky boat wins $300 cash, and a second wins a $100 gift card to Havana’s Restaurant.
Teams this year are once again allowed to fish as many anglers as their boats can safely handle; use live, dead, or artificial baits; and weigh their fish in alive or dead without penalty.
Fisherman’s Post Newspaper will also be awarding bonus cash payouts to all red drum and speckled trout making the leaderboard that are in alive and releasable condition. We feel this encourages live weigh-in without penalizing those anglers who don’t have the ability to keep a large fish alive over the course of a full day of fishing.
Helping us release the fish after weigh-in will be our returning beneficiary, the Wilmington Elks. The Wilmington Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
We hope you decide to fish with us, as the Fisherman’s Post staff and Wilmington Elks volunteers are looking forward to spending time with old and new friends alike at both Friday evening’s Captains’ Party and Saturday’s Weigh-In and Awards.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director