North Carolina Beach Buggy Association's sixth annual Red Drum
Tournament will be Oct. 22-25 on the northern beaches of Hatteras
Island, and time is running out to register.
If you register by
Sept. 1, you will be guaranteed a T-shirt in the correct size. As an
extra bonus, those registering by that date will also receive a 50th
anniversary T-shirt, courtesy of Flying Fish Ink.
In 2009, the
NCBBA Board of Directors voted to take this tournament on as a
fundraiser as part of the group's continued fight for "free and open
vehicular beach access." Now in its sixth year, the tournament has
become NCBBA's largest fundraising event of the year.
The four-day event will once again be hosted by and headquartered at Frank & Fran's in Avon.
tournament has space for 300 paid anglers plus positions for 36 judges
and other officials, and you do not have to be an NCBBA member to
participate. Prior tournament participants were given an application
for this year's event in their 2013 tournament packet. All previous
anglers had until May 31 to return their paid application to guarantee
their spot in this year's event.
The tournament is now open to all, and applications are now available at Frank & Fran's and online at www.ncbba.org.
The cost to register is $100. And if you get five new anglers to sign up, your registration fee will be refunded.
tournament entry fee includes a tournament hat, heavy hors d'oeuvres on
Wednesday evening during the general rules meeting, and Saturday
night's tournament banquet.
Judges are needed. 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. (Fee will be refunded during registration.) 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.
judge for this year's tournament will again be David Flanigan. He will
again be assisted by Bobby Halstead. Tournament co-chairman are David
Joyner and Ervin Gaskins.
Once again, NCBBA will be collecting
non-perishable food items for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry and new
unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots during registration and throughout the
tournament at Frank & Fran's.
Last year, anglers caught 83 puppy drum and two citation red drum. All were measured and released alive.
More information is available on the NCBBA website, www.ncbba.org.