56th annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing
Tournament, one of the oldest tournaments on the East Coast, brought
120 teams of six anglers each to fish on Hatteras Island beaches last
And, by all accounts, the 2013 tournament was a good one,
not plagued by some of the Highway 12 access issues after Hurricane
Irene and Sandy or really awful wind and weather.
days were Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8. Thursday was dismal
with some fog and drizzle, but temperatures were mild. Friday was
cooler and blustery with gusty north winds that didn’t blow quite as
hard as was forecast.
“A lot of fish were caught, and a lot of points were scored,” said Anglers Club President Larry Hardham.
The teams caught a total of 1,166 fish for a total of 7, 687 points.
Most of the fish caught were puppy drum, Hardham said.
winning team, the Atlantic Surf Anglers, secured its first place
during the very first session Thursday morning when team members caught
18 fish, mostly drum, for a total of 313 points. They were
fishing at a station near Ramp 34.
Plenty more fish were caught, but the Atlantic Surf Anglers stayed in the lead until the end of fishing on Friday afternoon.
said the tournament was begun to bring visitors to Hatteras to
stimulate the economy during the fall shoulder season – when the
fishing is usually at its best.
He noted that the club makes a
point of spreading the 120 fishing stations in and near every island
village, but that didn’t work out this year.
When club officials
headed out Monday and Tuesday of last week to survey the beaches and
place the stations, the forecast was for northeast winds gusting to 45
mph on Friday. Given the width of the beaches, they decided against
putting stations at Ramps 23 and 27 between Salvo and Avon and Ramp 55
in Hatteras village.
That, Hardham said, was a hard decision and a disappointment for the club.
make our very best effort to put stations everywhere on the island,” he
said. But, the club does not want to risk the vehicles of the
judges and team members if the wind sends the tide across the beach.
The club makes every effort, though, to bring benefits to businesses and island non-profit groups through the tournament.
year, Hardham said, the club purchased $1,160 cans, boxes, or bags of
Girl Scout candy to put in the “goody” bags that each judge and team
captain receives. The profit from the sale will benefit Hatteras
Island’s Girl Scouts.
Place: Atlantic Surf Anglers. Captain Ralph Deluca and team
members Kevin Greaves, Linda Greaves, Joe McGowan, Bolli Mam, and Kurt
Second Place: South Jersey Surfcasters. Captain John
Grone and team members Vinny Morris, Jeff Stanton, Chuck Leaming, Bob
Rinier, and Shane Rinier Sr.
Place: Slammin’ Sammy’s Hurricanes. Captain Sam Stokes and team
members Joe White, John Smith, West Wright, Wade Davis, and
Top Female Team: The Stormy Gales. Captain
Shirley Lutz and team members Kathy Grant, Sue Wright, Linda Moore, Kay
Cole, and Summer Bracher.
Red Drum caught by a Female: A three-way tie for the winners with a
26 1/2-inch red drum: Sue Wright of the Stormy Gales; Audrey
Whitlock of the Outcasters; and Linda Harper of the Queen
Largest Red Drum caught by a Male: The winner with a 28-inch is Bob Larmore of the Beach Drummers.
Largest Bluefish caught by a Female: Nancy Giannotti of the Island Girls with a 16-inch fish.
Largest Bluefish caught by a Male: Marty Mulligan of The Blues Brothers with an 18 ¼-inch fish.
Largest fish caught by a male (other than a bluefish or red drum): Parker Herring of the “R” Team with a 26-inch black drum.
The largest fish caught by a female (other than a bluefish or red drum: Sue Wright of
The Stormy Gales with an 18 ½-inch flounder.
First Session : Atlantic Surf Anglers with 18 fish and 313 points.
Second Session : Knot Heads with 10 fish and 137 points.
Third Session: Slammin’ Sammy’s Hurricanes with 12 fish and 184 points.
Fourth Session: SOVA Surfcasters with 8 fish and 87 points.
Bob Bernard Individual Tournament
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Robbie Parks for a ¾-pound black drum
Michael Mammi for a 1-pound bluefish
John Priddy for a 2 5/8-pound flounder
Linda Harper for a 6 9/16-pound red drum
John Richards for a 3/4 - pound sea mullet
Bill Simmons for a 1 ¼-pound speckled troutCLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDE SHOW CLICK HERE TO VIEW A BONUS SLIDE SHOW