Southport Inshore Challenge Welcome
September 8 – 9, 2017, at Southport Marina
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Welcome to the 2017 Southport Inshore Challenge, a premiere flounder fishing event that takes place in the heart of North Carolina flounder country. And now with the new September dates, we’re also hosting the event in the heart of the flounder fishing calendar (hopefully with a little cooler weather than the summer months).
Fisherman’s Post is thrilled to once again be returning to the beautiful setting of Southport Marina where all tournament activities will be—our Registration and Captains’ Party on Friday, September 8, and our Weigh-in and Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Saturday, September 9—and new this year will be the Zimmerman Marine-sponsored Awards Dinner, a great spread of food for our anglers to enjoy after the close of fishing.
Flounder fishing has deep roots in the Southport angling scene, and in recognition, we’re returning once again to 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 payouts, since flounder fishermen won’t have to share any prize money with the red drum anglers.
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 red drum, along with voluntary Single Big Flounder and Two-Flounder Aggregate TWTs to add some impressive payouts to the hefty ones already available on the main leaderboard.
For those anglers fishing our Anglers Marine/Ranger Inshore Trail, this year both of the flounder weighed in can count for Inshore Trail points, and any TWT red drum can count towards Inshore Trail points, too.
We’re continuing to encourage teams to bring the whole family out by offering $50 bounties for the heaviest single flounder weighed in by crews with junior, lady, and/or senior anglers on board, and we’re also awarding a Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle $20 gift card (and Dutchman hat) for every junior angler that weighs in a fish (limit one per boat).
More special prizes include closest-in-weight prizes offered by Intracoastal Angler, The Tackle Box gift certificate for the heaviest single flounder weighed in by a SeaTow member, and the K2 Custom Rod Prize where every team weighing in a fish receives a raffle ticket for a sweet 7’ custom inshore rod.
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 tournament before, this event is a great way to join in the experience. We hope to see you—old and new friends alike—at Friday evening’s Captains’ Party and Saturday’s Weigh-In and Awards, for a weekend of big fish and good times.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director