Pleasure Island Fall Surf Challenge Welcome

October 20 – 22, 2017


With northeast winds and cooler temperatures around the corner, fall will be soon arriving and, along with it, hotly anticipated surf fishing action along the shores of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher. So break out the long rods and join Fisherman’s Post for our tenth annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge, southern NC’s largest surf fishing tournament.

Attracting roughly 500 anglers annually, the event offers participants the opportunity to rub elbows and compete with anglers from around the state and country who travel to the Pleasure Island beachfront to fish with us each year.

Returning fishermen will find a familiar format this year, a 36-hour round-the-clock fishing marathon with leaderboards for the area’s most common surf catches (plus a Red Drum TWT). However, returning fishermen will also notice two changes: (1) the absence of Flounder on the leaderboard and (2) the Town of Carolina Beach voted this year to offer tournament anglers 50% off daily passes to Freeman Park.

The heaviest trout (speckled or gray), bluefish, pompano, black drum, and sea mullet weighed in will be earning anglers some fat checks, and with five places per species, 25 happy anglers will be walking away with hefty checks following Sunday’s Awards Dinner.

Unfortunately, it will be illegal this year after October 15 to keep any flounder (as per NCDMF regulations), so we have removed Flounder from the leaderboard and taken the Flounder payout money and reallocated it to bump up the other five fish categories. The tournament will still be paying out the same amount of total money, but now the five remaining fish species will be paying out at a higher ratio.

In addition, an optional Red Drum Calcutta will award some serious loot to the anglers weighing in the heaviest slot red drum (18-27”) during the tournament.

The Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge has always hosted some excellent family participation, and we’re proud once again to offer Junior, Senior, and Lady Angler guaranteed prizes to encourage anglers to bring the whole clan down to the beach for the weekend. And new this year is an Instagram prize, designed to collect and share PI Surf photos, and then reward one randomly drawn contributor a free RinseKit.

All told, there are over 35 ways to get in on some of the event’s large and growing prize purse (over $20,000 given away last year!), and all participants will be receiving a complimentary ticket to our big prize raffle on Sunday and complimentary food and drink at the Awards Dinner (catered by A&G BBQ) immediately preceding the presentation of checks and prizes.

For your convenience, anglers can once again weigh their catches in at any time during the course of fishing at any of our three 24-hour weigh stations—Island Tackle, and near the entrances to both Freeman Park and the Fort Fisher State Recreation 4X4 access.

Also returning this year will be our beneficiary, the Cape Fear Community College Marine Tech Club, so anglers who fish the event will also be helping to support local students to prepare themselves for careers in the maritime industry.

So please show (or tell) some of our invaluable sponsors that you appreciate their support of this event, and come see us in the public parking lot nestled between the Sea Witch Café and Carolina Beach Municipal Yacht Basin (224 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428) on Friday, October 21, to get in on the action.

Gary Hurley / Tournament Director
(910) 452-6378