Lot's of happy fishermen at this years North Carolina Beach Buggy Association Read Drum Tourney.
This summary says it all. 104 drum caught and successfully released.
NCBBA?s 6th Annual Red Drum Tournament Day #3 Session #9 Results
There were 211 paid anglers, 28 judges & 13 winners from the 2013 tournament competing for over $8,500.00 in cash & prizes. They represent 18 different states. Allan Maly from Dallas, TX traveled the longest distance.
Registration began Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. Day I fishing began at Midnight after the cold front moved thru, resulting in 25 ? 30 MPH NW winds, but the Citation Red Drum are here. The 1st Session ended at 6:00 A.M. 3Puppy Drum (18 ? 27 in.), 6 Yearlings (27 -39 in.) & 5 Citation Red Drum (over 40in.) were measured & released alive!
Day #1 Session #2 kept out Judges hopping with 36 more Red Drum being landed, measured & released alive! I more Citation, 26 more Yearlings & 9 Puppy Drum were caught by the time the Session ended at Noon.
Day #1 Session #3 produced 23 more Red Drum! Fishing is great! The Leader Board has big changes after this afternoon?s Session with the 4th & final Session of Day #1 to go yet tonight.
Day #1 Session #4 produced 3 more Citation Red Drum & a new Leader Overall! Jamie Fajardo of Fuquay Varian, NC landed the Largest Red Drum ever caught in this tournament with a 52 inch fish!
Day #2 Session #1 was the slowest Session of tournament with only 4 more fish being landed.
Day # 2 Session #2 is now over with only 9 more Red Drum caught.
Day #2 Session #3 continued to be slow as the weather has turned warm & the wind shifted to a more Westerly way. There were only 4 fish caught, but 1 was a Citation!
Day #2 Session #4 slowed down even more as the winds went calm and the ocean water calmed down even more. It was a great night for star gazing but only 3 Red Drum were caught during the session and none of them were citations.
Day #3 started off as day #2 ended. The wind went calm and the fish took a nap. Only 1 Red Drum and 1 Bluefish were caught between Mid-night and 6:00 A.M.
The Day #3 Leaders after 9 Sessions of fishing stayed the same & are: Jamie Fajardo of Fuquay Varian, NC leading all anglers with a 52 inch hawg! Jimmy Reynolds of Round Hill, VA is now in 2nd Place Overall with a 50.75 inch drum. Largest Red Drum Day #1 is Glen Allen of Clayton, NC with a 48.50 inch fish. He also caught the first fish of the tournament at 12:20 A.M. Day #1, 2nd Largest Red Drum is John McKee of Durham, NC with a 48.00 inch fish. The Largest Red Drum Day #2 is Donald Beard of Hampton, VA with a 46.50 inch fish. The 2nd Largest fish of Day #2 is a 46.50 inch Red Drum caught by Hank Connelly of Culpepper, VA. Bob Butler of Waldorf, MD has the most Red Drum with 7 fish. Anna Jarvis of Stella, NC is the Ladies Leader with a 32.75 inch fish. Senior Division (over 65) is also led by Bob Butler of Waldorf, MD with a 44.75 inch fish. Joe White of Nags Head, NC has the Biggest Sea Mullet (over 14 in.) with a 1.97 lb. 16.75 in fish. Junior Division (under 16) is led by Jared Haynes of Wilson, NC with a 27.00 inch Red Drum. Bluefish (over 16 in.) is led by Hunter Durrer of Charlottesville, VA with a 18.5 inch fish. Day #3 Largest Red Drum is Mike Eastridge of Charlotte, NC with a 25.00 inch fish.
After 9 Sessions of fishing 104 total Red Drum have been caught; 12 Citations, 60 Yearlings & 32 Puppy Drum thus far. Scott Allsbrook has caught 4 Citation Red Drum! All Red Drum have been measured & released by our outstanding group of Judges.
There are now 2 sessions to go in this year?s tournament.
We have collected a pick-up load of non-perishable food for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry. We have also collected 5 huge boxes of new unwrapped toys for the children of Hatteras Island who otherwise may not have anything to open Christmas morning.
David K. Joyner #5678
It was one helluva good time. If you want in on next years the registration begins in June of 2015.
Al Adam, Director, #13459
Conservation and Resource Chairman
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association