Topsail Inshore Challenge Welcome
July 14 – 15, 2017, at East Coast Sports
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Welcome to the 2017 Topsail Inshore Challenge, a fun and competitive red drum event that is a great way for area anglers to try their luck at tournament fishing.
This will be a big money red drum tournament, but ours will look different from other red drum tournaments. Fisherman’s Post prefers a more casual format, offering anglers the option to use live, dead, or artificial bait; not requiring a live weigh-in; and 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 their 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—the Quartermaster Store @ Marker 90 (located at 579 Lewis Road beside the Wildlife boat ramp in Hampstead).
The Quartermaster Store and the Baxleys (Stephanie and Ron) are excited to be the new host site, and they’ve graciously opened up their docks (located right behind the store) for tying up just to weigh-in or tying up to stay through dinner and awards. We will be using the sheltered area in the back of their store for setting up scales and tables for weigh-in, and then we head to the open field beside their store (complete with plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers) for our awards dinner and ceremony.
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. Also like last year, both red drum weighed in can count for Trail points (for those anglers fishing our Anglers Marine/Ranger Inshore Trail).
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 have a Flounder TWT, and that flounder weighed in for the TWT will also count towards the season-end Anglers marine/Ranger Inshore Trail point standings.
For those 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