2019 marked the 25th Anniversary for the Hatteras Village Offshore Open (HVOO) with Top Dog, captained by Ryan Knapp and a new boat to the tournament, taking 1st place.
They released a Blue Marlin on Day 1 and cemented their win with two more Blue Marlin releases on Day 4 and weighed a 455.5-pounder. They walked away with $30,047.50.
Marlin Gull placed 2nd and Sea Toy, last year’s winner, finished up in 3rd. 29 boats fished this year and everyone had a great time as they competed for a $160,395 purse.
This year’s tournament proved quite exciting with some quality Blue Marlins being brought to the dock:
- Day 1: Wall Hanger ‐ 563.9 lbs. (Captain Gray Blount/Angler Chris West)
- Day 2: Piracy – 655.9 lbs. (Captain Chris Russell/Angler Curtis Struyk)
- Day 3: Marlin Gull – 507.7 lbs. (Captain Kenny Midgett/Angler Josh Brown)
- Day 4: Top Dog – 455.5 lbs. (Captain Ryan Knapp/Angler Kyle Dickerson)
Piracy was the top money winner walking away with $56,780 earned on their 655.9-pounder $24,650 of it was earned in Level 4 – Biggest Blue Marlin – and the other $32,130 was earned in Level 7 – Additional Biggest Blue Marlin, which was a new level in the HVOO this year which paid out for both 1st and 2nd places at a 60%/40% split and a $3,000 cost to enter. Wall Hanger took home 2nd place in Level 7, winning $21,420, plus another $5,950 for having the most release points on Day 3.
In Level 3 ‐ Meat Fish Division, Hatteras Fever II took 1st place in the Dolphin category with a 44.4 lb. Dolphin and 2nd went to Sea Toy with a 38.6 pound dolphin. Outlaw took 1st place in the Wahoo category with a 21.7 lb. Wahoo, and Release took 2nd place with a 16.1-pounder. No yellowfin tuna were weighed in. Daily Billfish Release winners were Top Dog (Day 1 & 4), Sea Toy and Wall Hanger, and Daily Meat Fish winners were Tuna Duck, Hog Wild, Sea Toy, Hatteras Fever II, Outlaw and Release.
Total numbers for the tournament included four Sailfish Releases, two White Marlin Releases, 10 Blue Marlin Releases and four boated Blue Marlin.
The tournament again this year had some great sponsors including the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau as a Grand Slam Sponsor, and Atlantic Packaging and Bonze Lures as Blue Marlin Sponsors. White Marlin Sponsors included Western Branch, Gregory Poole, Bayliss Boatworks, Jernigan Oil, Bray’s House Moving, Flying Fish Ink and Carolan’s Bay Shore Construction. Point Click Fish joined the HVOO with their Mobile Command Center and Bonze Lures, who was new to the tournament, came with their trailer which featured a great display of their lures, hooks, shirts, cups, etc., which were all for sale.
Mark your calendars for next year’s Hatteras Village Offshore Open and plan to get in on some awesome Hatteras Billfish Action from May 12 through 16, 2020.