Anglers from around the area will hit the waters this weekend for the third annual Southport Inshore Challenge, June 20-21, at Southport Marina.
In each of its first two years, the event–sponsored by Fisherman’s Post newspaper–has attracted approximately 70 boats, with some slight improvements to the tournament structure this year expected to increase participation, according to organizers.
Boats will compete to earn spots on the leader board in flounder and red drum categories (last year’s event just featured a flounder division), with eight payouts for both flounder and red drum. Lady, junior, and senior angler prizes are offered to encourage the whole family to fish. There will be secondary awards to ensure that participants have a number of ways to walk away from the event with cash or prizes, organizers say.
Some of the flounder will go to South Brunswick High School’s Aquaculture Program, and the other live flatfish and all red drum will be released following the weigh-in.
In addition to fish donations, proceeds from the event will go to the Wilmington Elks Lodge 532.
The entry fee is $150 per boat, and you can fish with as many anglers on your boat as you like. Fishing starts at 6 a.m. (no boundaries) Saturday, and boats must be at the scales at Southport Marina by 4 p.m. (no overland transport of fish). Winners will be based on a boat’s two heaviest flounder and/or single heaviest red drum.
MarineMax Wrightsville Beach will be competing alongside some of the best inshore anglers at the event.
“Last year our MarineMax Wrightsville Beach fishing team didn’t make the leaderboard,” said Thom Cross, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach Store Manager. “This year the team is going all out to win.”
The MarineMax Wrightsville Beach team will consist of team captain Wes Edwards and crew members, Zachary Messick and Jack Humphrey. They will be fishing from a Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless.
A captain’s meeting will kick off the event at 6 p.m. Friday. Click here for more details on this year’s Southport Inshore Challenge.