It is time to register for this year’s NCBBA Annual Red Drum Tournament.
This year’s event will be held October 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2017 on the northern beaches of Hatteras Island. The four-day event will once again be hosted by and headquartered at Frank and Fran’s in Avon, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. on October 25.
Fishing begins at 12:01 a.m. on October 26, and continues until 12 p.m. October 28.
This tournament is “Grandfathered” under the Final Rule, so the Northern Beaches between Ramp #23 and Ramp #38 that are otherwise closed will be open. (Subject to Resource Closures for turtles.) This is your opportunity to fish these areas! The chains will be removed and signs covered by NPS by 8 a.m. on October 25, and this will give anglers a chance to scout for their favorite spots. Anglers also have the opportunity for some early scouting by fishing the Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament, which will be held on October 20 and 21 when these beaches will be open for their 24 hour tournament.
The tournament has space for 300 paid anglers plus positions for 36 judges and other officials. Applications are now available for everyone on the NCBBA website, www.ncbba.org, and by contacting any member of the NCBBA Board of Directors (BOD.) You do not have to be a NCBBA member to participate, so bring your friends and neighbors.
The $100.00 tournament entry fee includes a tournament t-shirt and hat, Heavy Hors devours on Wednesday evening during the General Rules Meeting, and Saturday’s Tournament Banquet. Those registered by September 1 will be guaranteed their t-shirt size. Women’s style t-shirts, which are new this year, are available for those registered by September 1st.
Judges are also 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. (For New Judges, Your Entry Fee will be refunded during registration on the 25.) Each judge works a six hour shift at least twice during the event. Each judge will be assigned a ramp to work, and will need a 4×4 vehicle with NPS ORV Permit, and will need to be able to cover a 3 or 4 mile area between the ramps. At least 36 people are needed for these positions.
Head Judge for this year’s tournament will again be David Flanigan. He will again be assisted by Bobby Halstead. Ervin Gaskins will serve as Co-Chairman.
Again this year, the NCBBA will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry and new unwrapped toys for the Dare County children who otherwise may not have a present to open this Christmas. Please drop off your donations at Frank and Fran’s during the event. Cash donations are also accepted at any time during the event. Checks should be made payable to NCBBA, with “Toys” or “Hatteras Island Methodist Men” in the memo line on the check.
The NCBBA Board of Directors and Frank and Fran’s look forward to seeing you this fall, and hope the weather and fish cooperate, making a fish catching fun time for all.