Hatteras Island teams win in Ocracoke Invitational Surf-fishing
By IRENE NOLAN
The overall winner in the Ocracoke Invitational
Surf-fishing Tournament was the Oceanside Anglers team from Hatteras
The team caught 67 fish for a total of 187 points.
The annual Ocracoke tournament was on Thursday and Friday, April 29 and
Sixty-nine teams of six members each fished in the tournament.
“The fishing could have been better,” said Woody Billings, the
tournament’s chief judge.
The fishing, he said, was better in the morning sessions, with a 30-1/4
inch striper caught on Thursday morning. But fishing “died
in the afternoons with mostly dogfish and skates caught.
“We had a good tournament,” Billings said.
The weather, he said, was great, the pig picking was terrific, and
there was an “awesome” turnout.
Total fish caught totaled 668 for a total 1,925 points.
The second place team overall was the Merchantville Fishing Club with
40 fish and 123 points. Third place was won by the Surfside
Anglers, also from Hatteras, with 31 fish and 102 points.
The first place female team was also from Hatteras – the Island Girls
with 14 fish for 55 points. Second place in the female team
category went to the Nags Head Outcasters with 17 fish and 48
points. Third place was won by another Hatteras team, the
Hatteraskals, with 11 fish and 27 points.
The award for most fish caught by a male went to John McGee of the
Oceanside Anglers with 26 fish. Most fish caught by a female
won by Nancy Gianotti of the Island Girls with eight fish.
The largest fish caught by a male went to Joe Hite of the Pheasant
Pluckers for a 30 1/4-inch striper. The largest fish caught by a female
was a tie between Audrey Whitlock of the Nags Head Outcasters and Sue
Glass of the Island Girls, both of whom had 17 1/4-inch bluefish.
Session winners were Surfside Anglers, Team Diawa, Oceanside Anglers,
and Singing the Blues.
A 16-member board of directors organizes the non-profit Ocracoke
tournament each year, and all the proceeds go to island non-profit
groups, including the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department, Ocracoke
Child Care, Ocracoke Youth Center, and the Sigma Willis Scholarship
Fund for the Ocracoke School.