Fishing Tournaments in OBX

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Fishing Tournaments in the Outer Banks

Anglers can test their luck in a couple of fishing tournaments this month on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Kitty Hawk Surf Company Kayak Fishing Tournament is Saturday, September 16th. Fishing is allowed anywhere between Wright Memorial Bridge in Kitty Hawk to the north, Hatteras Inlet to the south, up to one mile offshore to the east, and west to the Currituck and Manns Harbor shorelines.

Tournament species include flounder, speckled trout, and red drum. All fish must be caught from a watercraft, and wading is not allowed. It’s a photo catch-and-release tournament, and all pictures must include a custom badge that will be distributed at a Captain’s Meeting the night before the event.

The Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge, Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th, features four divisions: bluefish, sea mullet, flounder/black drum, and Spanish mackerel/pompano (species chosen depending on fishing reports). Five weigh-in spots are located throughout the islands.

The cost to enter is $60 per angler before September 12th and $70 thereafter, with more than $8,000 in cash and prizes going to the winners. The tournament ends with an awards ceremony at Camp Hatteras.

By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating September 2017

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