Welcome to another year of the Fisherman’s Post Inshore Tournament Trail. We’ve kept the payout and qualifying structure from last year, and with the growing popularity in red drum fishing due to the continued flounder closures, we predict that 2021 will be the most competitive Inshore Tournament Trail to date.
Again this year, boats will need to enter the Inshore Tournament Trail via an entry fee. To be clear, you don’t have to pay the Inshore Tournament Trail entry fee to fish any of the five tournaments. Any boat—whether in the Trail or not—can still fish any of the individual events, as the five Inshore Challenge events continue to be great stand-alone events, but you will need to enter the Inshore Tournament Trail for the opportunity at an additional $18,000 in prize money (based on 50 boats in the Trail). That’s $18,000 in addition to all the prize money boats can win from the leaderboards of the five Inshore Challenge events.
The Trail will continue this year to focus exclusively on the Red Drum Division. Fisherman’s Post still mourns the flounder closures and eagerly awaits the fishery’s reinstatement, but we have seen that with only one division (Red Drum), more boats enter that one division. And more boats mean more money and bigger payouts.
And just as it’s been every year, the Inshore Tournament Trail is paying out 90% of entry fees back to the competitors.
The Trail offers a separate Championship event (free entry fee to boats that qualify), with only the top 10 teams invited to participate. This Championship event has predicted payouts of 1st-$5000, 2nd-$2500, and 3rd-$1500 (based on 50 boats in the Trail).
Qualifying for the Championship will be based on the total weight of a team’s three heaviest red drum over the five-event season. There’s no minimum number of events you’re required to enter, as Trail boats can fish as many or as few of the Inshore Challenge events as they wish, but those boats that fish more of the five qualifying events will have a better chance of weighing in more fish to cull their heaviest three-fish aggregate.
There is no deadline for signing up for the Inshore Tournament Trail, but none of a boat’s fish in an event can count towards Inshore Trail points unless they have paid the Inshore Trail entry fee prior to that qualifying event. Also remember that the Inshore Trail is limited to the first 50 boats that sign up, so make sure you get entered for this exciting fourth year of the Fisherman’s Post Inshore Tournament Trail.
There are more details on the Inshore Tournament Trail online at www.FishermansPost.com (click on “Tournaments” then “Inshore Tournament Trail”). You’re also welcome to call Fisherman’s Post at (910) 452-6378, or send an email to email@example.com.
Gary Hurley / Inshore Trail Director