Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge Welcome
May 31 – June 1, 2019, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
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Welcome to the 5th 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 2018 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 Roost 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.
For Ocean Isle, we’ll be featuring our popular flounder/red drum format, with a split 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 heaviest one flounder/one red drum aggregate, as well as 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 Flounder, Red Drum, and Aggregate TWTs alongside the main leaderboard as a way to further fatten your winnings.
Also returning from past tournaments are the SeaTow prizes, a $50 OIFC gift certificate for the heaviest flounder and a $50 OIFC gift certificate for the heaviest red drum caught by SeaTow members, as well as the Costa Sunglasses Weigh-In Prize.
Teams 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 flounder and red drum 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 Awards.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director