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Saltwater Fishing Tournaments in North Carolina

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Crowd

If you are at all familiar with North Carolina's fishing tournaments, you know about the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Each year hundreds of boats contend for a total purse of well over $1,000,000. In 2004 Donald Lane, Jr., captain of the Impluse, took home $711,375 when his crew edged out 194 other boats with 555 pound blue marlin. Few fishing tournaments in the world are this competitive or lucrative.


In addition to the Big Rock tournament and the rest of the North Carolina Governor's Cup Series, there are dozens of other great NC fishing tournaments. Inshore, offshore, and surf fishing; no matter what your preference there are saltwater tournaments to challenge every angler. Our tireless staff has the thankless job of attending as many NC fishing tournaments as we can, so keep your eyes peeled for unique interviews and other exciting tournament insights.

We've just updated our tournament list for 2011, please email info@fishing-nc.com if you have a saltwater tournament you'd like to add.


2011 NC Saltwater Tournament Calendar

January

February

March

April

May

May 1 3
7th Annual Rebel King Mackerel Pier Tournament at Ocean Crest Pier
Contact:
Dave Cooper
1409 East Beach Drive
Oak Island, NC 28465
910-278-6674
www.oceancrestpier.net

May 6 - 14
Far Out Shoot Out at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
For more info:
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Drive
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
910-575-3474
www.oifc.com

May 11 14
May 10 Registration
Hatteras Village Offshore Open at Hatteras Landing Marina
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
Contact:
Beth Rooks / Dan Oden
PO Box 16
Hatteras, NC 27943
252-305-2166 or 1-800-676-4939
www.hvoo.org

May 28 - 29
May 27 Registration
Swansboro Rotary 2011 Memorial Day Blue Water Fishing Tournament
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
Contact:
David Nance
PO Box 426
Swansboro, NC 28584
252-422-9100
www.swansbororotary.com

May 28 - 29
May 27 Registration
20th Annual Bald Head Island Fishing Rodeo at Bald Head Island Marina
Contact:
Wendy Irick
PO Box 3069
Bald Head Island, NC 28461
910-457-7393
www.baldheadisland.com

June

June 3 - 4

Tuna Roundup at Pirate's Cove
For more info:
Pirate's Cove
2000 Sailfish Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1015
www.pcbgt.com

June 4
June 3 Registration
Fisherman's Post Spring Inshore Challenge at Wrightsville Beach Marina
Contact:
Gary Hurley
Wrightsville Beach
1314 Audubon Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-452-6378
www.fishermanspost.com

June 10 - 18
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on the Morehead City Waterfront
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
For more info:
Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
PO Box 1673
Morehead City, NC 28557
252-247-3575
www.thebigrock.com

June 18 - 19
Jolly Mon King Classic at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
For more info:
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Drive
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
910-575-3474
www.oifc.com

June 20 - 24
52nd Annual Blue Marlin Release Tournament at the Hatteras Marlin Club
For more info:
Hatteras Marlin Club
PO Box 218
Hatteras, NC 27943
252-986-2454
www.hatterasmarlinclub.com

June 25
CCCF Spanish Mackerel Challenge in Morehead City
Contact:
Wes Daniels
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
252-222-6222

June 25
May 2 - June 22 Registration
Emerald Isle Youth Fishing Derby at Bogue Inlet Pier
Contact:
Britney Wood
Emerald Isle, NC
252-354-6350
www.emeraldisle-nc.com

June 29 - July 2
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
For more info:
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament
PO Box 554
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-575-3474
www.capefearbluemarlintournament.com

July

June 29 - July 2
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
For more info:
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament
PO Box 554
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
910-575-3474
www.capefearbluemarlintournament.com

July 7 - 9
6th Annual Hatteras Grand Slam at Hatteras Village Marina
For more info:
Hatteras Grand Slam
PO Box 484
Hatteras, NC 27943
www.hatterasgrandslam.com

July 8 - 10
The East Coast Got-Em-On Classic at the Carolina Beach Boat Docks
Contact:
Tom Russell
PO Box 2003
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
516-678-4981
www.gotemonliveclassic.com

July 14 16
Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament at the Beaufort Town Docks
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
Contact:
Cynthia Barber
109 Swindell Lane
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
252-808-2286
www.bartaboysandgirlsclubbillfish.com

July 16 - 17
July 15 Registration
Carolina Custom Shootout at Pirate's Cove
For more info:
Pirate's Cove
2000 Sailfish Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1015
www.ifishpiratescove.com

July 28 - 30
Ducks Unlimited "Band the Billfish" Tournament on the Morehead City Waterfront
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
Contact:
Bob Lichauer / Mark Shouse
PO Box 1333
Morehead City, NC 28557
336-880-3038
http://www.bandthebillfish.com

July 29 - July 31
Oriental Rotary Tarpon Tournament at Whittaker Pointe Marina
For more info:
Oriental Rotary Tarpon Tournament
PO Box 205
Oriental, NC 28571
252-745-4422
www.orientalrotary.org

July 30
27th Annual Raleigh Saltwater Sportfishing Club King Mackerel Tournament on the Morehead City Waterfront
Contact:
Bruce Andrews
PO Box 33746
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-833-2800
www.rswsc.org

August

August 7 - 8
Wrightsville Beach Wild King Classic at Sea Path Marina
Contact:
Gary Hurley
1314 Audubon Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-452-6378
www.fishermanspost.com

August 14
August 13 Registration
22nd Annual Alice Kelly Ladies Only Memorial Billfish Tournament at Pirate's Cove
For more info:
Pirate's Cove
2000 Sailfish Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1015
www.ifishpiratescove.com

August 16 19
August 15 Registration
28th Annual Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament
Part of the Governor's Cup Billfish Series
For more info:
Pirate's Cove Marina
2000 Sailfish Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-1015
www.ifishpiratescove.com

August 12 - 13
Onslow Bay Open King Mackerel Tournament at Casper's Marina
Contact:
Stan Jarusinski
PO Box 1978
Swansboro, NC 28584
910-326-2392
www.obokmt.us

August 20
August 19 Registration
20th Annual Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry King Mackerel Tournament at New River Marina
For more info:
PO Box 487
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460-0487
910-327-3953
www.sneadsferrykmt.com

September

September 2 - 3
Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic at Holden Beach Marina
Contact:
Terry Adkins
PO Box 5416
St. Marys, GA 31558
1-800-546-4622
www.bluewaterpromo.com

September 15 - 17
Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament
Contact:
Terry Adkins
PO Box 5416
St. Marys, GA 31558
1-800-546-4622
www.bluewaterpromo.com

September 17
North Carolina Flatfish Championship at Carolina Beach
Contact:
Gary Hurley
1314 Audubon Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-452-6378
www.fishermanspost.com

Sepember 24 - October 8
5th Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament at the Bogue Inlet Pier
Contact:
Laurie Wood
Emerald Isle, NC
252-354-6350
www.emeraldisle-nc.com

September 30 - October 1
2011 US Open King Mackerel Tournament at the Southport Marina
Contact:
Brad Fisher
4841 Long Beach Road, SE
Southport, NC 28461
910-457-5787
www.usopenkmt.com

October

Sepember 24 - October 8
5th Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament at the Bogue Inlet Pier
Contact:
Laurie Wood
Emerald Isle, NC
252-354-6350
www.emeraldisle-nc.com

September 30 - October 1
2011 US Open King Mackerel Tournament at the Southport Marina
Contact:
Brad Fisher
4841 Long Beach Road, SE
Southport, NC 28461
910-457-5787
www.usopenkmt.com

October 5 - 8
60th Anniversary Nags Head Surf Fishing Club Invitational Tournament
Contact:
Maryann Maryott
PO Box 181
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-1670

October 8
1st Annual Island Harbor Marina King Mackerel Tournament in Emerald Isle
Contact:
Christopher Abee
510 Marina Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
www.islandharbormarinanc.com

October 16
Swansboro Rotary King Mackerel Tournament
Contact:
David Nance
PO Box 426
Swansboro, NC 28584
252-422-9100
www.swansbororotary.com

October 13 - 15
Davis Island Fishing Foundation Club (DIFF) Surf Fishing Tournament at Cape Lookout
Contact:
Mark Weir / DIFF
PO Box 268
Mooresville, NC 28115
336-751-5135
www.diffclub.com

October 14 - 15
2nd Annual Marshes Light Fishing Tournament
Contact:
Bill Boykin
252-305-4737
www.marsheslight.com

October 15 - 16
Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher)
Contact:
Eddie Hardgrove
1314 Audubon Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-264-5487
www.fishermanspost.com

October 20-23
NCBBA 3rd Annual Red Drum Tournament
40201 NC Highway 12
Avon, NC 27915
Contact:
(252) 995-4171
Tournament Registration Info

October 22
CCA Inside/Out Fishing Tournament
Portside Marina
Morehead City, NC
Contact:
Stephen Ammons
919.781.FISH(3474)
www.ccanc.org

October 22 - December 3
9th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament
For more information:
Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
252-354-6350
http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eiprd

October 21 - 23
2011 Fall Brawl King Classic at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
For more information:
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Drive
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
910-575-3474
www.oifc.com

October 22
Pamlico County Shrine Club Speckled Trout Tournament
Contact:
Dave Stewart
PO Box 201
Grantsboro, NC 28529
252-249-2084

November

November 3 - 5
54th Annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Team & Open Individual Invitational Tournaments
Contact:
Larry Hardham / Libby Zentmyer
47231 Light Plant Road
Buxton, NC 27920
252-995-4253
www.capehatterasanglersclub.org

November 15
Friendly City Speckled Trout Tournament at Casper's Marina
Contact:
David M. Pearson
PO Box 1301
Swansboro, NC 28584-1301
910-326-2400
trout.swansboro.biz

December


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