Topsail Fall Surf and Pier Challenge Welcome

November 3 – 5, 2017



Welcome to the 2nd annual Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge (technically third annual for surf, but second for the combined surf/pier event), a late fall event brought to you by Fisherman’s Post that now includes Topsail’s many miles of ocean beachfront perfect for surf fishing as well as the island’s three iconic fishing piers. This year’s schedule of events will follow the model of last year’s, with round-the-clock fishing from the piers and sand starting at Friday midnight (November 4) and wrapping up Sunday at noon (November 6).

The two divisions—Surf and Pier—will again be competing only against themselves, with four target species filling slots on two independent leaderboards. The heaviest bluefish, trout (speckled and gray), sea mullet, and black drum will earn bounties for both the lucky surf and pier anglers. The leaderboard pays out for the heaviest five fish in each of the four species (totaling 20 payouts each for both Surf and Pier divisions!).

In addition to a separate leaderboard for primary payouts, there are also separate Red Drum Calcuttas (TWTs) for surf and pier anglers to determine who can land the heaviest slot red drum (18-27”) over the event’s 36 hours of fishing. The Special Prizes, though, will be a combined competition, with surf and pier anglers all competing together to be a Junior, Lady, or Senior Angler champion.

This spring we introduced the Pier Cup. For the Pier Cup, the pier angler that weighs in the heaviest fish (not counting red drum) gets his/her name and weight of fish engraved on the Pier Cup, along with the name of the pier where the fish was caught. The Pier Cup has been residing at Jolly Roger Pier since the 2016 Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge, thanks to Scott Greer who weighed in a 1.8 lb. bluefish back in May.

The Pier Cup, as the tradition goes, now has to be defended at the Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge. All pier anglers in our fall event are eligible to get their own name, fish, and pier engraved on the cup and then bring the cup back to their home pier. The Pier Cup will then need to be defended once again in the 2017 Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge.

East Coast Sports and the Medlin family continue to be the driving force in bringing our surf/pier events to the island, and we’re very excited to set up Tournament HQ back at their Fishing Village. East Coast Sports offers not only a central location for our Registration and Awards, but it’s also the island’s most fully-stocked tackle shop for anglers needing to gear up on supplies leading into the competition.

Along with the camaraderie and competition that comes with bringing hundreds of pier and surf casters to Topsail’s shores, all participants will receive complimentary tickets to the event’s Awards Dinner. This great meal catered by Surf City BBQ is on Sunday following the close of fishing, and it’s presented free to all tournament anglers thanks to East Coast Sports. In addition, all anglers will receive a free ticket for the big Prize Raffle (held immediately following the 2:00 pm Awards Ceremony).

The sponsors who support these events make everything we do possible, so please take time to support and thank the businesses who help us make the Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge a reality.

And come see us under the tent at East Coast Sports for Friday’s Registration to get in on the fun, or you can contact us at (910) 452-6378 or for any further information.

Gary Hurley / Tournament Director
(910) 452-6378