October 15 – 17, 2021
The fall season will be soon arriving and, along with it, so will the fantastic fall surf fishing action along the shores of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher. So break out the long rods and join Fisherman’s Post for our fifteenth annual Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge, southern NC’s largest surf fishing tournament.
Anglers in 2021 will find our familiar format, a 36-hour round-the-clock fishing event with leaderboards paying out for the area’s most common surf catches (plus a Red Drum TWT). However, there will once again be no flounder on the leaderboard. With the continued closures of flounder, this fall we will only be offering five categories. The event will still be paying out the same percentage of prize money, but we have increased the payouts in the remaining five categories.
The heaviest bluefish, trout (speckled or gray), pompano, black drum, and sea mullet weighed in will be earning anglers some fat checks, and with five places per species, that means 25 happy anglers will be walking away with stout checks following Sunday’s Awards Dinner.
In addition, the very popular Red Drum TWT (optional) will award potentially record-payouts to the anglers weighing in the top three heaviest slot red drum (18-27”) during the tournament.
One unfortunate change this year, though, is the $5.00 increase to the entry fee. The Town of Carolina Beach raised the rent of our parking lot this year by over 500%, and so the increase was a necessity. We will look into other solutions for next year, such as a new HQ location on the island.
Back to good news, the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge has always hosted some excellent family participation, and we’re proud once again to offer Junior, Senior, and Lady Angler guaranteed prizes to encourage anglers to bring the whole clan down to the beach for the weekend.
All told, there are over 30 ways to get in on some of the event’s prize purse (approximately $30,000 given away last year!). All of our participants will be receiving a complimentary ticket to our big prize raffle on Sunday, as well as complimentary food and drink at the Awards Dinner (catered by A&G BBQ) immediately preceding the presentation of checks and prizes.
For your convenience, anglers can once again weigh their catches in at any time during the course of fishing at any of our three 24-hour weigh stations—Island Tackle & Hardware, Freeman Park (the North End) near Zone 15, and on the beach near the Fort Fisher State Recreation 4-wheel drive entry.
Also returning this year will be our beneficiary, First Fruit Ministries. First Fruit Ministries began in 1998 and has grown to serve over 20,000 hot meals, provide emergency groceries to over 5,000 households, and shelter over 24 homeless women and families annually.
So please show (or tell) some of our invaluable sponsors that you appreciate their support of this event, and come see us in the public parking lot nestled between the Sea Witch Café and Carolina Beach Municipal Yacht Basin (224 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428) on Friday, October 15, to register and get in on the action.
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director