marks the 20th anniversary of the Hatteras Village Offshore Open. The
tournament is the official kick-off tournament for the North Carolina
Governor’s Cup Series and is unofficially recognized as the big
kick-off to the East Coast billfish season.
May 13, all eyes will be focused on Hatteras Island, a small spit of
land reaching out to the closest point of the Gulf Stream, using the
HVOO as a barometer of the billfishing season to come.
tournament, sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic Association, is
committed to continuing support for their charitable endeavors,
including the annual scholarships to each graduating, college-bound
senior from Hatteras village, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation,
Food Pantry, Hatteras Island Meals, Hatteras Community Preschool, and
other youth organizations as well as community events and more.
tournament begins off with registration and dinner on Tuesday, May
13. Fishing days are Wednesday through Saturday, May 14-17.
And it all ends with an awards banquet on Saturday evening.
In last year’s tournament, 24 boats – fewer than usual because of weather – competed for $86,400 in prize money.
place in the billfish division and $39,886.25 in prize money went to
Stream Weaver for one blue marlin and two white marlin releases.
Cat Baby took the second place in the division -- $9,651.75 – with one
blue marlin and one sailfish. And Sea Toy won third place and
$6,334.50, also with one blue marlin and one sailfish.
For more information and to register for this event, go to hatterasoffshoreopen.com.