November 9, 2009
Anglers Club tournament beats the weather – again….WITH SLIDE SHOW
By JORDAN TOMBERLIN
been a very good tournament,” Larry Hardham, president of the
Cape Hatteras Angler’s Club, said of this year’s 52nd
annual invitational surf fishing tournament.
weekend, 720 anglers (120 teams of six) and nearly 100 judges took to
the beaches on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6, to participate in
what is unofficially billed as the world’s largest surf fishing
tournament, and many others participated in the Bob Bernard Open
Individual Tournament on Saturday.
last year, inclement weather threatened the success of this
year’s event, with a full-moon high tide on Tuesday, breezy
conditions Wednesday and Thursday, and a 25- to 30-knot north wind
forecast for Friday.
thanks to a combination of conscientious preparation and a fortuitous
change in the weather, the tournament went off without a hitch.
that the east-facing beaches would likely take a hit, tournament
organizers decided not to set up any of the 120 fishing stations in
areas that might wash over or might be too narrow for vehicle traffic
during a high tide.
year, there were no stations south of Ramp 23, none at Ramp 27 or Ramp
30, none north of Ramp 34, and none south of Ramp 49.
since quite a bit of beach was rendered unavailable by the weather and
by the parameters of the Anglers Club’s Park Service
permit—no stations within two-tenths of a mile of either side of
a ramp, no stations within half a mile of Cape Point or Hatteras
Inlet—tournament organizers had to shrink the size of the each
are usually allotted stations that are one-tenth of a mile wide, but
this year’s teams fished in stations that were about 20 per cent
smaller, Hardham said, adding that, though the distance sounds small,
each station is still longer than a football field.
it turned out, the weather wasn’t nearly as bad as organizers had
anticipated. In fact, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all turned out to
be beautiful, warm sunny days.
And the fishing wasn’t bad, either.
Most of the action seemed to be in Buxton, Hardham said on Friday.
the Thursday sessions, the eventual third-place team, the Outer Banks
Sportfishers from Nags Head, had caught five fish for a total of eight
points. But on Friday morning, they were stationed just north of Ramp
43, and at the end of the morning session, they had caught 111 fish and
racked up 195 points—enough to put them in third place.
fact, the first-, second-, and third-place men’s teams, as well
as the top female team, all scored the vast majority of their points at
a station near Ramp 43.
of it is luck of the draw,” Hardham admitted, “but
there’s a lot of skill involved as well,” he added, noting
that, the teams that are always successful “hustle.”
They always have a rod with a baited hook at the ready, and as soon as they reel in a fish, they get a line back in the water.
the end, this year’s anglers caught a total of 3,171 fish for a
total of 6,162 points, and the winners received thousands of dollars
worth of prizes—much of it donated by local
businesses—including rods, reels, tackle boxes, lures, t-shirts,
jackets, knives flashlights, gift certificates to local tackle shops,
and, most importantly, bragging rights.
Until next year, at least.
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CAPE HATTERAS ANGLERS CLUB 2009 TOURNAMENT WINNERS
place team – Drag Setters (aka Sunduners International) Mac
Magruder, captain, and team members Jeff Magruder, George McLean, Gene
Meacham, Glen Paul, and Roy Parker.
place team – The Rising Tides. Pat Preston, captain, and
team members Ted Moseley, Steve Evans, Budd McLendon, Donnie Ross, and
place team – Outer Banks Sportfishers from Nags Head. Garry
Oliver, captain, and team members Jerry Burch, Clif Hannah, Art Levey,
Chris Mercer, and Mike Swindell.
place women’s team – Show Stoppers. Hazel Basnight,
captain, and team members Vicki Basnight, Karen Cowell, Judy Mullen,
Virginia Perlot, and Amah Petty.
session winners – Rising Tides, Sand Fiddlers, Outer Banks Sport
Fishers, and Slammin’ Sammy’s Hurricanes.
Largest bluefish – male. Rick Scarborough of the Sand Fiddlers. 18 3/4 inches.
Largest bluefish – female. Linda Moore of the Stormy Gales. 15 3/4 inches.
Largest red drum – male. Jim McDowell of the Roanoke Surfing Team. 25 3/42 inches
Largest red drum – female. Debbie Harrison of Buxton Fishing Buddies. 24 3/4 inches.
Largest fish other than a bluefish or red drum – male. John O’Keefe of SCABS with a 26 1/4 inch false albacore
fish other than a bluefish or red drum – female. Dana Blanton of
the Virginia Beach Sand Witches with a 16-inch sea mullet.
in the Bob Bernard Individual Tournament included, in the adult
division, Ray Cooper, Michael Conrad, Danny Fletcher, and
Brent Douglass. In the youth division, the winners were Nicholas Midgett and Ian Folb.