North Carolina Beach Buggy Association will sponsor its fifth annual
Red Drum Tournament on Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, on Cape
Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area with more than $12,000 in
cash and prizes up for grabs.
headquarters will be again be at Frank and Fran’s tackle shop in Avon.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, with fishing
beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, and ending at 4 p.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 26.
$100 tournament entry fee includes a tournament T-shirt and hat, heavy
hors d’oeuvres on Wednesday evening during the general rules meeting
and Saturday night’s tournament banquet. The tournament is limited to
300 paid anglers. Space is still available.
proceeds from the last two events have gone to the Hatteras Island
Methodist Men to help the folks of Hatteras Island recover from storm
damage. NCBBA also has not given up the fight for beach access. This
year’s proceeds will go to the NCBBA legal fund to help offset legal
fees related to the lawsuit that the Cape Hatteras Access Preservation
Alliance has filed against the Department of Interior and National Park
Service for the continued fight for “free and open vehicular beach
to NCBBA, this tournament is “grandfathered” into the National Park
Service’s new ORV management plan, so participants will be able to fish
in the same areas as before the final rule.
has received the special use permit to allow the group to use ORVs on
the village beach areas between Ramps 23 and 38 that will be seasonally
closed during the tourney and to use ORVs in the vehicle free areas
between Salvo and Avon.
says it has received assurance from National Park Service that all
non-resource closed areas will be opened for this event. Anglers in the
tournament can use any area that is not a resource or safety closure
from the Rodanthe Pier south down to the no-driving zone south of Ramp
38. As in past years, this is subject to any full beach resource
closures for turtles.
closed beaches on northern Hatteras will be opened at 8 a.m. on
Wednesday for anglers to scout before registration. For those who
really want to get a head start on finding a prime fishing spot, The
Capitol City Four Wheelers (CCFW) are holding a 24-hour tournament on
Oct. 19 and 20 that covers the entire Cape Hatteras National Seashore
who had previously fished in the tournament had until May 31 to sign
up. Since June 1, registration has been available to everyone on-line
at www.ncbba.org or in person at Frank and Fran’s so you too can fish
these areas that are otherwise closed to vehicular access the rest of
tournament really needs judges. If you are interested in being a judge,
you will be compensated for your time with a free entry into the
tournament for the times when you are not judging. First-time
judges will be notified of your selection and your registration fee
will be refunded during registration on Oct. 23. Each judge works a
six-hour shift at least twice during the three-day event. Each judge
will be assigned a ramp to work and will need a four-wheel-drive
vehicle to be able to cover a three or four mile area between the
ramps. Depending on the draw, some judges are scheduled to do an
additional four-hour shift Saturday afternoon. At least 36 people are
needed for these positions.
Head Judge for this year’s tournament will again be David Flanigan. He will be assisted by Bobby Halstead.
David Joyner is again the tournament chairman and co-chairman is Ervin Gaskins.
will also be collecting new unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots for
Hatteras Island children who otherwise may not have a present to open
on Christmas morning. Please drop off your donations at Frank and
Fran’s during the event. The group will also accept cash donations
anytime during the event. Checks should be payable to NCBBA and put
Toys for Tots in the memo line on the check.
continued support of NCBBA and beach access is greatly appreciated,”
Joyner said. “This tournament is our single largest fund raiser of the
year….The NCBBA Board of Officers and Directors appreciate your support
and past participation and hope the 2013 tournament will be the best
For more information, go to www.ncbba.org.