Southport Inshore Challenge Welcome
August 24 – 25, 2018, at Southport Marina
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Welcome to the 2018 Southport Inshore Challenge, a premiere flounder fishing event that takes place in the heart of North Carolina flounder country.
Fisherman’s Post is thrilled to be returning to the beautiful setting of Southport Marina where all tournament activities will be located—our Registration and Captains’ Party on Friday, August 24, and our Weigh-In and Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Saturday, August 25—and once again this year will be the Zimmerman Marine-sponsored Awards Dinner, a great spread for our tournament anglers to enjoy after a day of fishing.
Flounder fishing has deep roots in the Southport angling scene, and in recognition, we’re once again featuring a two-flounder aggregate format. An eight-place leaderboard awaits the teams weighing in the heaviest pair of up to two flounder at the close of Saturday’s weigh-in, and an all-flounder leaderboard means bigger checks, since flounder fishermen won’t have to share any prize money with the red drum anglers.
In addition, this year’s Southport event will boast our largest flounder payout yet, featuring a guaranteed $2000 for first place sponsored by Donat/Goodwin/Sledzik Real Estate Group & Landmark Sotheby’s. So no matter how many boats fish this year, the first place $2000 payout is guaranteed.
We didn’t want to leave the area’s red drum anglers out, though, so in addition to the bounty available to the crews bringing the heaviest pairs of flatfish to the scales, there will be a voluntary TWT for the single heaviest red drum, along with voluntary Single Big Flounder and Two-Flounder TWTs, to add some impressive payouts to the hefty ones already available on the main leaderboard.
We’re continuing to encourage teams to bring the whole family out by offering $50 for the heaviest single flounder weighed in by crews with junior, lady, and/or senior anglers on board, and CMIG Insurance will be awarding every boat with a senior and/or lady angler on board that weighs in a fish a custom flounder-themed bottle opener.
More special prizes include closest-in-weight prizes offered by Intracoastal Angler, Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle gift certificate for the heaviest single flounder weighed in by a SeaTow member, and the Costa Raffle Prize where every team weighing in a fish receives a raffle ticket for a sweet pair of Costas.
Fisherman’s Post Newspaper is committed to conserving the resources that make events like this a possibility, so we’ll be awarding bonus cash payouts to all flounder making the leaderboard that are alive and in releasable condition. We feel this encourages live weigh-in without penalizing those anglers who don’t have the ability to keep a large flounder alive over the course of a full day of fishing.
And we’ll be donating proceeds from the event to the Wilmington Elks to aid their mission of helping children, enhancing communities, and honoring the service and sacrifices of our military veterans.
If you’ve never fished a flounder tournament before, this event is a great way to join in the experience. We hope to see you for a weekend of big fish and good times.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director