Topsail Inshore Challenge Welcome
June 28 – 29, 2019, at East Coast Sports (Registration) and Sloop Point Marina (Weigh In & Awards)
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Welcome to the 2019 Topsail Inshore Challenge, a fun and competitive red drum event that’s a great way for area anglers to try their luck at tournament fishing.
This will be a big money red drum tournament, especially with a guaranteed $2000 1st place payout sponsored by Donat/Goodwin/Sledzik Real Estate Group & Landmark Sotheby’s (no matter how many boats fish this year, the first place $2000 payout is guaranteed), but our event will look different from other red drum tournaments.
Fisherman’s Post prefers a more casual format: (1) offering anglers the option to use live, dead, or artificial bait; (2) not requiring a live weigh-in; and (3) allowing teams to fish as many anglers on their boat as they prefer. Our hope is that these relaxed rules encourage more people to join in on the fun and excitement of red drum tournament fishing.
As in previous years, Surf City’s East Coast Sports will be the headquarters for our Friday Registration and Captains’ Party, with free food and drink for all. East Coast Sports and the Medlin family are longtime supporters of bringing Fisherman’s Post events and local anglers to the island, and we thank them once again for making this event possible.
New this year, though, is the location of weigh-in and awards. Weigh-In this year will be at Motts Channel Seafood in Wrightsville Beach, and Awards and the Awards Dinner will be at Moe’s Original BBQ on Oleander Drive in Wilmington.
We tried to find a viable weigh-in location in the Hampstead-Topsail area, but nobody with dock space was either willing or able to make it happen. Thankfully, our friends at Motts Channel Seafood are very supportive of both Fisherman’s Post and inshore anglers, so they graciously made their docks available. And Moe’s Original BBQ and owner Ray are also very excited to have tournament participants onsite celebrating the day and enjoying smoked meats and southern-style side dishes and desserts.
Like last year, participants will be able to weigh in up to two red drum in search of a spot on our eight-place leaderboard. The red drum only leaderboard means bigger payouts, since red drum anglers won’t have to share any leaderboard money with flounder anglers. Our dedicated flounder enthusiasts, though, will be pleased to see that we offer a Flounder TWT.
For those red drum anglers looking to enhance their winnings beyond the substantial cash on our main leaderboard, there are also Single Big Red Drum and Two Red Drum TWTs offered in the payout schedule.
Fisherman’s Post retains its commitment to releasing as many fish alive as possible, so the bonus payouts remain a constant—extra $10 payouts for each red drum (up to two per boat) weighed in alive and in releasable condition that makes the leaderboard.
We’re also continuing to encourage teams to bring the whole family out to fish by offering $50 bounties for the heaviest single red drum weighed in by crews with junior, lady, and/or senior anglers on board.
More special prizes include an East Coast Sports gift certificate for the heaviest single red drum weighed in by a SeaTow member, and the Costa Weigh-In Prize where each team weighing in a fish receives a raffle ticket for a pair of sweet Costa sunglasses.
And just like all of our inshore events this year, we’ll be partnering with the Wilmington Elks for volunteer support and then donating proceeds from the event to their organization.
At Fisherman’s Post we pride ourselves on hosting relaxed, family-friendly events offering exciting cash and prize payouts, so please come out to share in the camaraderie of Friday’s Registration and Saturday’s fishing, weigh-in, and awards. We hope you decide to join us, and we look forward to seeing the red drum (and flounder) that our anglers bring to the scales.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director