The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club 61st Annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament was held November 7-10, 2018. Despite some rough surf, heavy rain and windy conditions, 120 teams braved the beach and caught a total of 1,153 fish. This tournament is the largest of its kind in the world, with 120 teams and 720 anglers participating. It attracts over 800 visitors to Hatteras Island for the week.
The Outcasters, an all-women’s team from the Outer Banks, took first place overall with 47 fish totaling 218 points. The team Captain was Jean Flannigan, with members Stephanie Bayne, Audrey Whitlock, Sharon Newbold, Ginger Knight and Angie Gaskins. Congratulations to this team who fished hard and beat the 2nd place team by 109 points!
Placing second was The “F” Team with 54 fish and 109 points, followed by the Eastern Shore Anglers with 13 fish and 128 points.
Largest Fish Category Results
Largest Red Drum
46-1/4” caught by Garry Morris of the Eastern Shore Landcasters team
Largest Bluefish (TIE)
18-1/2” caught by Eric Jackson of the One More Cast team
18-1/2” caught by Jim Morris of the Fishin’ Fools team
Largest Other Fish
19” Black Drum caught by Dennis Dill of the Mullet Heads team
Largest Red Drum
38-1/4” caught by Denise Luberecki of the Island Girls team
19-1/2” caught by Audrey Whitlock of the Outcasters team
Largest Other Fis h
15-3/4” Flounder caught by Paula Masters of the Sandbar Anglers team.
CHAC would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the 55 volunteers who served as judges over the two days, and to the many volunteers and sponsors who helped to make all of the tournament events a success.