Anglers from across the area with hit the waters Friday and Saturday for the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge (WBIC) as the third event in Fisherman’s Post’s 2015 Inshore Tournament Trail.
Like the Ocean Isle and Carolina Beach competitions this year, the WBIC will feature an eight-place leaderboard for flounder and red drum, offering anglers weighing the heaviest of both species a chance at earning cash payouts.
Alongside the main leaderboard, prize money for single big flounder, single big red drum, and heaviest aggregate (one flounder and one red drum) are offered to give participants a chance to further fatten their winnings, according to tournament organizers.
Junior anglers are also welcome to compete at the tournament and all the Inshore Challenge events, with two more scheduled in the area through late September.
All live fish will be donated to UNCW’s Aquaculture Program, which uses these and other donated flounder as brood stock to further their research into commercial aquaculture enterprises that help lessen fishing pressure on wild stocks. Proceeds from the event will go to the Wilmington Elks Lodge 532 to aid their mission of helping children, enhancing communities, and honoring the service and sacrifices of our military veterans.
Registration for the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge begins at Wild Wing Café on Friday, with a captains’ party an awards dinner set for Saturday night. Wrightsville Beach Marina will serve as the official weigh-in station from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Fisherman’s Post Newspaper will hold the Topsail Inshore Challenge Aug. 21-22, with the final event of the year scheduled for Sept. 11-12 at Carolina Beach.