UPDATE: Channel dredging has helped ferries and boat
captains in Hatteras Village Offshore Open
By IRENE NOLAN
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers side-caster dredge Merritt arrived at
Hatteras last Friday, May 11, and began dredging the shoaled-up
Rollinson Channel in Hatteras Inlet early Saturday morning.
The Merritt is working on dredging a new channel and is down to a water
depth of 5 feet. The authorized depth is 10 feet, and the work
will continue through Wednesday or Thursday.
Roger Bullock, chief of navigation for the Army Corps, said today that
he is "extremely pleased with how well the dredging operation is
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry operations, halted last week by the impassable
channel, were back to normal with no problems this week, said Lucy
Wallace, public information officer for the N.C. Department of
Transportation Ferry Division.
The Hatteras Village Offshore Open, the first tournament in the
Governor’s Cup, was threatened last week by the dangerously shoaled
channel and the reluctance of boat owners and captains to bring their
boats here for the annual billfish tournament, scheduled for Wednesday
through Saturday this week.
The Merritt arrived in the nick of time, said Dennis Robinson,
president of the Hatteras Village Civic Association, which sponsors the
fundraising event that also is an economic engine for village
Robinson said 30 boats are registered in this year’s tournament, just six fewer than last year.
This year only because of the channel shoaling, boats were allowed to
fish out of other ports, and three opted to fish out of Morehead City.
The weather has not been as kind as it might have been for the
tournament. The first two days of fishing, Wednesday and
Thursday, were stormy, and today is very windy with high seas.
The forecast for tomorrow is also for northeast wind and heavy seas.
Despite the weather, 28 boats fished the first day on Wednesday, and
two blue marlin and a white marlin were released. The prize for
the first blue marlin went to Hammertime, which released a fish at 9:05
On Thursday, all 30 boats fished, and two blue marlin were released and
two were boated – a 515-pound fish by Galot 3, and a 461-pound fish by
Waste Knot II. Two white marlin were also released.
Only five boats fished today and no results were available yet.
Builder’s Choice heads the leader board in the billfish division with
two blue marlin releases and 800 points. Second is Galot 3 with
515 points, and Waste Knot II with 461.
Tomorrow is the last day of fishing in the tournament, which has prize
money of $94,265 to hand out to winning boats at tomorrow night’s
For more information, go to the tournament website, http://hatterasonmymind.com/HVCA/HVOO/