Pleasure Island Team Surf Challenge Welcome
April 20 – 22, 2018
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PLEASURE ISLAND TEAM SURF FISHING CHALLENGE WELCOME
We’ve wanted to do a spring surf fishing event on Pleasure Island for a number of years now, and the timing is finally right in 2018. Welcome to the inaugural Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge.
This spring surf fishing event on Pleasure Island is different from the fall one in that it is a team-based event. Surf fishing has always meant camaraderie to Fisherman’s Post, and this spring you will be able to grab three friends and fish against other teams of up to four anglers.
Our wording of “up to four anglers” is to let you know that you are allowed to fish a team with less than four anglers, but the team entry fee is still the same price whether you have two, three, or four anglers, and no matter how many people on your team, each individual can still only fish up to two rods at a time.
Teams of up to four anglers will be competing in four main categories—bluefish, flounder, sea mullet, and black drum—and the leaderboard will be based on each team’s three-fish aggregate in each category. So if your team can weigh in the three heaviest bluefish (or at least be in the top three in aggregate weight), then there will be a big prize check for your team on Sunday. And if your team can also weigh in the three heaviest sea mullet or flounder or black drum, then there will be even more prize checks on Sunday.
There is also a Team Aggregate TWT, based on a team’s heaviest four-fish aggregate of a single fish from each of the four categories, and a Team Hall of Fame Award, going to the team that weighs in the heaviest total weight of all fish from all four categories (up to 12 fish).
We know that people like plenty of ways to win money and prizes, so we are also offering a $100 Academy Sports gift card to each team that weighs in the single heaviest fish in each category.
For this team event, there will not be any weigh stations open around the clock. Teams are still allowed to fish from Friday midnight until Sunday at 11:00 am (one hour shorter than the fall event), but all teams will weigh in together on Sunday, with scales open at Lazy Pirate from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.
You can fish the entire surf-side of Pleasure Island (except for around the piers and on the pipe/structure at Oceaneer), so make plans now to hit the shores of Freeman Park, Fort Fisher State Park, and all the municipal beaches in between.
Lazy Pirate is the Tournament HQ for this new event. We will be onsite on Friday signing up teams and placing wrist bands on every angler, and then we all meet again at Lazy Pirate on Sunday for weigh-in, a complimentary awards dinner, and the awards ceremony. Everyone on the island knows that Lazy Pirate is a good time, and Lazy Pirate promises great hospitality all weekend long for our surf participants.
With change can come questions, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call or email if you need more information. We love talking about all of our surf fishing events, and we are especially excited to bring the southeastern NC surf fishing community this new team format in 2018.
So grab three friends, come up with a team name, and get entered. This is the chance for your team to be the first-ever champion of the Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director