September 24 – 26, 2021
Welcome to the Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge, an event that Fisherman’s Post is excited to once again bring to the OBX beachfront from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village.
As everyone knows, Hatteras surf fishing is world class and legendary, and the hope is that our event adds to this dynamic surf fishing community by bringing something new to the island. Our popular tournament format is known for offering (1) individual competition and (2) big cash payouts.
Those that choose to fish with us in late September will stop by our Registration on Friday (Sept. 24) at the Camp Hatteras Conference Center (also the location of Sunday’s awards), check in and grab a wristband, and then go scout out spots on the sand to target anywhere from Rodanthe down to Hatteras Inlet.
Fishing takes place round-the-clock from 11:59 pm on Friday to noon on Sunday, and immediately following the close of fishing will be our Awards Dinner—a complimentary meal cooked and served by our good friends at Hatteras Jack and Century Rods.
Participants will be looking to weigh in the heaviest bluefish, spanish, sea mullet, and pompano over the course of the event. The five heaviest of each of the four species will earn slots on the leaderboard, as well as hefty prize checks. We’ll also be offering a Slot Red Drum TWT that will reward anglers scaling the top three heaviest puppy drum (in North Carolina’s 18-27” slot) weighed in over the weekend.
However, if you catch and release a citation red drum during tournament hours, then we want to honor your catch, too. All citation anglers will have their name added to the Big Red Hall of Fame plaque that will be on display year-round at Hatteras Jack, and each year we will keep adding new names to the existing names on the plaque.
Hatteras Jack will serve as one of the five weigh stations. Anglers fishing up and down the island will be pleased to hear that we’ll also have weigh stations in Avon (Frank and Fran’s), Buxton (Dillon’s Corner), Frisco (Frisco Tackle), and Hatteras Village (Teach’s Lair), so there’s a weigh station convenient to anywhere you may choose to fish over the weekend.
To encourage participants to bring the whole family down to experience that camaraderie firsthand, we’ve got Junior, Senior, and Lady angler prizes, and the heaviest of any of the four eligible species weighed in by those anglers will earn a guaranteed $50.
With a cash-based tournament, it’s important that participants believe in the integrity of the results. So to help make sure everyone plays fair, we will randomly select some of the top finishers to participate in a polygraph test on Sunday before we hand out any prize checks.
The checks and prizes that anglers will be walking away with on Sunday are only part of the story. The sense of community born out of these events is always a pleasure to see and feel for all involved. Participants, volunteers, and sponsors can also feel good knowing that all proceeds from the sale of tournament fish (to Jeffrey’s Seafood) will be donated to Hatteras Island Meals.
The sponsors who support this event make everything we do possible, so please take time to thank the businesses that help us make the Hatteras Island Surf Fishing Challenge a success. And come see us at Camp Hatteras for Friday’s Registration to get in on the fun.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director