August 14, 2014

UPDATE:  It's time to register for
NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

The 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.

The 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

The cost to register is $100. And if you get five new anglers to sign up, your registration fee will be refunded.

The 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.
Head 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,

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