WB Inshore Challenge Welcome
August 11 – 12, 2017, at Wild Wing Cafe and Wrightsville Beach Marinana
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Welcome to the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge. This event is the longest standing Fisherman’s Post tournament (in its 12th year), and we’ve added many features this year to make it an even more memorable time for those anglers that choose to spend the weekend with us.
We’re heading back to Wild Wing Cafe for Friday’s Registration and Captains’ Party (pizza provided by Papa Murphy’s) and Saturday’s Awards Dinner (dinner buffet provided by Wild Wing Café), as the Wild Wing celebrations host some of our favorite camaraderie of the entire tournament season.
We’re equally excited to return to Wrightsville Beach Marina for Saturday’s 1:00-4:00 pm weigh-in, since the gorgeous ICW view and the hospitality of Sam Clary and the entire WB Marina crew make it a pleasure every year.
The WBIC will once again feature an eight-place leaderboard for both flounder and red drum, offering anglers weighing the single heaviest of both species some serious opportunities at leaving the event with hefty checks.
Alongside the main leaderboard, TWT’s for Single Big Flounder, Single Big Red Drum, and Heaviest Aggregate (one flounder/one red drum) are offered to give participants a chance to further fatten their winnings.
All junior, lady, and senior anglers this year have an almost guaranteed chance of walking away with a prize, as Heck Wear will be awarding a specialty bandana to 2nd-5th places to each of these angler categories. Those prizes are on top of the $50 guaranteed bounty for the Junior, Lady, and Senior anglers scaling the heaviest single fish (flounder or red drum) in the event.
New at this event are our Specialty Weight prizes where anglers weighing in flounder and/or red drum closest to the designated weights will receive a $50 Intracoastal Angler gift card. And if those fish closest in weight are brought in alive, then the anglers will receive an additional $25 gift card.
Other prizes include SeaTow’s $100 gift certificate (to Tex’s Tackle) for the heaviest single fish (flounder or red drum) weighed in by a current SeaTow member, and a Bazen Custom Rods raffle prize wherein each team weighing in a fish (flounder or red drum) earns a free raffle ticket.
Finally, to celebrate those anglers able to bring both a flounder and a red drum to the scales, Queensboro will be awarding a special-edition Fisherman’s Post hat/visor to every boat that accomplishes the aggregate.
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 fish 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 or red drum alive over the course of a full day of fishing.
We’ll be donating the live fish to UNCW’s Aquaculture Program, which uses these and other donated flounder as brood stock to further their research into commercial aquaculture enterprises that help lessen fishing pressure on wild stocks. 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.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director