Pleasure Island Fall Surf Challenge Welcome

October 19 – 21, 2018


With northeast winds and cooler temperatures around the corner, fall will be soon arriving and, along with it, so will the 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 eleventh 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 Pleasure Island to fish the beachfront with us each year.

Returning fishermen will find our familiar format, a 36-hour round-the-clock fishing marathon with leaderboards paying out for the area’s most common surf catches (plus a Red Drum TWT).

The heaviest trout (speckled or gray), bluefish, flounder, pompano, black drum, and sea mullet weighed in will be earning anglers some fat checks, and with five places per species, 30 happy anglers will be walking away with hefty checks following Sunday’s Awards Dinner.

In addition, an optional Red Drum Calcutta (TWT) 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.

All told, there are over 40 ways to get in on some of the event’s large and growing prize purse (over $20,000 given away last year!). All of our participants will be receiving a complimentary ticket to our big prize raffle on Sunday, as well as 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 beneficiaries. Proceeds from the event go to the Wilmington Elks, who invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free. In addition, all fish weighed in will be donated to First Fruit Ministries, an organization that annually serves over 20,000 hot meals and provides emergency groceries to more than 5,000 households.

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 20, to get in on the action.

Gary Hurley / Tournament Director
(910) 452-6378