The annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing
Tournament, the largest and one of the oldest on the East Coast, was
the topic of the Radio Hatteras Interview Show, "To the Point," on
Sunday, Oct. 18.
The guests for the interview were Larry Hardham, long-time president of the Anglers Club, and Pat Weston, the club's secretary.
They talked about the tournament's past and present.
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club was founded in 1957 by a group of
islanders with the sole purpose of promoting fishing on Hatteras and
bringing visitors here, especially in the fall "shoulder" season.
This year's tournament begins with meetings and registration on
Wednesday, Nov. 4. Team fishing days are Thursday and Friday,
Nov. 5 and 6, and the tournament ends with an individual contest on
Saturday, Nov. 7.
The public is invited to attend an evening social and tackle show on
Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7 until 9 p.m. at the clubhouse, which is at the
end of Light Plant Road -- across from Conner's Supermarket -- in
The Anglers Club tournament is one of the most popular, perhaps because
it is scheduled in early November -- one of the prime times for fishing
on the Outer Banks -- and there are perennially dozens of teams on the
waiting list for one of the spots.
Several years ago, the limit of 100 teams was increased to 120, and there's still a waiting list.
Each team has six members, so 720 tournament anglers will hit the beach
early in the morning on Nov. 5 for the first of the four fishing
The anglers, many of whom bring friends or family members, keep island
businesses busy for that first week in November and contribute
significantly to the island's economy.
In turn, the Anglers Club -- with the proceeds of the tournament, its
bingo games, and other fundraisers -- gives college scholarships to
Hatteras Island graduating seniors and supports many other island
non-profits with generous donations.
If you are not familiar with how fishing tournaments work or want to
know more about what all those anglers you will see at the beach on
Nov. 5 and 6 are doing, Hardham and Weston will explain the details to
you in this interview.
Anglers Club membership is open to all and is a way to get to know
other folks who share a passion for Hatteras Island surf fishing.
Membership costs $25 a year for an adult and for details, go to the
club's website at www.capehatterasanglersclub.org.
"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene
Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5, at 5
p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month. It is repeated
on the second and fourth Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can
listen to the show on Sundays through live streaming at www.radiohatteras.org.
Scroll down and click on the "To the Point" logo to listen to the audio of the interview.
MORE ABOUT RADIO HATTERAS
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It broadcasts around the clock with news -- including such things as
surfing and fishing reports -- community announcements, music, and
special programs. The station is also now streamed live. To listen, go
Our community radio station also needs your support, and you can give
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are a business or another community non-profit.
Radio Hatteras memberships are $50 for a family, $25 for an individual
and $10 for a student. Mail memberships and other contributions to
Radio Hatteras, P.O. Box 339, Frisco, NC 27936.
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