30 boats fished in Hatteras Village Offshore
Open; winners took home $94,265
By IRENE NOLAN
significant challenges from a shoaled-up channel in Hatteras Inlet and
rough seas, 30 boats signed on to compete in the 18th annual Hatteras
Village Offshore Open, the first event in the Governor’s Cup billfish
The winners took home $94,265 in prize money.
The event ran from Wednesday, May 16, through Saturday, May 19. Because
of the shoaling in Rollinson Channel, for this year only boats could
fish out of other ports, and three chose to fish out of Morehead City.
big winner was Galot 3, which took home $42,245 in prize money for the
largest blue marlin caught in the tournament and first place in several
levels in the billfish division. The angler who boated the
515-pound fish was Ray Snead, and the captain was Porky Herring. It was caught on the tournament’s second day.
Second place in the billfish division went to Waste Knot II, which
boated a 461-pound blue marlin, and third place went to Wired Up with a
In the daily blue marlin release category, three boats split the
$11,475 in prize money. They were Hammertime, Builder’s Choice, and
The first blue marlin was released by Hammertime at 9:05 a.m. on the tournament’s first day.
There were no winners in the meatfish division for tuna or wahoo. Trust
Fun took first place in that division for the largest dolphin at 26
pounds, and Release placed second with a 24.1-pound fish.
Organizers for the tournament, a fundraiser for village non-profit
organizations, were sweating the tournament with less than a week to go
Shoaling in Rollinson Channel, a continuing problem since Hurricane
Irene last August, had shut down ferry traffic and made many boat
captains uneasy about coming to Hatteras for the tournament.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge, Merritt, arrived on Saturday,
May 12, to start clearing the channel, and the final count of 30 boats
was just six fewer than last year.
Next a low-pressure system over the area caused heavy seas throughout
the tournament, though 28 boats fished on Wednesday, the first day, and
all 30 fished on Thursday. Only five boats fished on Friday – the rest
took a lay day – and most of the boats fished the last day on Saturday.
For more information on the tournament, go to the tournament website, http://hatterasonmymind.com/HVCA/HVOO/