October 26, 2016
Annual Anglers Club tournament is Nov. 2-4
800 fishermen will descend on Hatteras Island beaches for the annual
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, which
will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov.4. The tournament is
considered one of the largest surf fishing tournaments in the world.
Celebrating its 59th year, the tournament draws fishermen from
throughout the mid-Atlantic region. There are 120 teams of six members
each plus approximately 60 to 70 judges.
Also, several events are open to the public.
The tournament will kick off with a long-distance casting seminar by
competitive distance casting champion Tommy Farmer, which is scheduled
for 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Ramp 34. The seminar is free
and open to the public.
The 120 male, female, and mixed teams of six anglers each will compete
during morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday and Friday. Each
angler is allowed to have only one line at a time in the water and
judges rove the beaches to score their catch. The fish that are scored
must measure at least 11 inches or be the North Carolina Marine
Fisheries (NCMF) minimum length for the species.
Catch-and-release is practiced during the tournament. Judges are
stationed within sight of all entrants and are immediately available to
score hooked fish. Six roving judges, in addition to Chief Judge Ray
Schaaf and Assistant Chief Judge Steve Knowles, will be available in
case a large citation fish would be caught or if there would be a
Last year’s tournament had the largest number of scorable fish in the
past eight years. A total of 3,509 fish that totaled 8,372 points were
caught by the competing teams.
Tidewater Anglers Club of Virginia Beach was the top team of 2015, with
the SCABS (Surfcasters and Bull Shooters), also of Virginia Beach,
second, and the Elizabeth City Surf Fishing Team, third. The top
women’s team was the Outcasters team of Nags Head.
Thursday evening, Nov. 3, the Anglers Club will throw open its doors to
the public for its annual Tackle Show. The show will feature
manufacturers’ representatives presenting their latest fishing tackle
and accessories, plus displays by local sponsors.
The tournament is authorized by a special use permit issued by the
National Park Service. No fishing stations are located at Cape Point or
Hatteras Inlet, which allows other fishermen access to these popular