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Inshore Trail

Welcome to the Inshore Tournament Trail!

Click here to print out an entry form (pdf file) for the Inshore Tournament Trail: 2022 Inshore Tournament Trail Print Entry Form

Click here to fill out an online entry form for the Inshore Tournament Trail: 2022 Inshore Tournament Trail Online Registration

Click here for a printable version of the Inshore Tournament Trail Rules: 2022 Inshore Tournament Trail Rules


Trail Division: Red Drum (limited to 50 boats)

Trail Entry Fee: $400 per boat
Boats still must pay to enter each individual event, but boats will not have to pay entry fee for Trail Championship event.

Trail Points: Point system is based on weight of fish in hundredths (ex. 6.65 lb. fish equals 6.65 points). Top teams will be determined by heaviest point/weight total of three heaviest red drum over course of the Trail.

No Minimum Entry: Don’t have to fish all five events–fish as many events as you wish. Fishing more events, though, gives the boat the possibility of weighing in up to nine red drum (dropping six). Your goal is three heavy red drum at the end of the Trail.

Red Drum Per Event: In the Southport Inshore Challenge, one red drum qualifies for Inshore Trail standings. In the Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge, Topsail Inshore Challenge, Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge, and Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge, up to two red drum qualify for Inshore Trail standings. The number of red drum weighed in at the Southport and Carolina Beach events may change depending on the 2022 flounder season dates.

Trail Championship Qualifying: Top 10 boats through Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge (heaviest three-fish aggregate) qualify for invite-only Championship. The top Trail boat in each of the five individual Trail payout events also qualifies (maximum of 15 boats qualify for Championship).

Trail Championship: This invite-only event will be held Sunday, September 11, at Inlet Watch Marina.

Trail Payouts: $18,000 (based on 50 boats in each division), and Trail money is paid out through individual event payouts ($9,000) and Trail Championship ($9,000).

Trail Individual Event Payouts:
1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300
(payouts will be awarded in all five Trail events: Ocean Isle, Topsail, WB, Southport, and CB)

Trail Championship Payouts:
1st–$5000, 2nd–$2500, 3rd–$1500

Family Friendly Rules: As many anglers on boat as you like, can use live or dead bait, and fish don’t have to be weighed in alive (check each individual tournament’s rules for a more complete listing).


Event #1
Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge: May 20 – 21, 2022, at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
Red Drum Trail Payouts:  1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

Event #2
Topsail Inshore Challenge: June 24 – 25, 2022, at East Coast Sports & Sloop Point Boat Storage
Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

Event #3
Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge: July 22 – 23, 2022, at Wild Wing Cafe & Wrightsville Beach Marina
Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

Event #4
Southport Inshore Challenge: August 19 – 20, 2022, at Southport Marina
Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300

Event #5
Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge: September 9 – 10, 2022, at Inlet Watch Marina
Red Drum Trail Payouts: 1st–$1000, 2nd–$500, 3rd–$300


Invite-only: Must be one of the top qualifying boats in the Inshore Tournament Trail to earn an invitation to fish this event.

One Fishing Day: September 11, 2022, at Inlet Watch Marina
Entry Fee: No separate entry fee–your entry fee is covered by your Inshore Trail entry fee
TWT: A voluntary Single Big Red Drum TWT ($100) will be offered at the Captains’ meeting (the day before the fishing day)

Winners for Inshore Tournament Trail Championship based on boat’s heaviest weight of up to two red drum.

Inshore Trail Championship Payouts:  1st–$5000, 2nd–$2500, 3rd–$1500
(based on 50 boats entered in the Trail)


Please direct all questions to Fisherman’s Post at (910) 452-6378, or you can send an email to trail@fishermanspost.com.