2019 RDT FAQs


RDT =              Red Drum Tournament

NCBBA =          North Carolina Beach Buggy Association

ORV =              Off Road Vehicle

NPS =               National Park Service

RDT Facts and Questions (FAQs):

When do I sign in for the RDT?

  • You will sign in at the RDT Headquarters inside Frank and Fran’s in Avon, NC which has graciously accepted to be our headquarters again in 2019 beginning at 8 AM Wednesday October 23rd.

Where do I register to fish the RDT?

  • You may register at our web site, , electronically or printing the form and mailing it.
  • You may register by mailing a printed application found at many Hatteras Island businesses, Mail To address is listed in form.

I want to volunteer to judge. What do I do?

  • Meet the judging requirements / must have a reliable 4 WD vehicle, current ORV beach permit, be 21 years of age or older, valid driver's license and other minute details.
  • Pre-register at and select the proper boxes, such as judged last year.
  • If you did not judge last year, we request you to pay the $100.00 fee which will be refunded at sign in or you may donate the fee and might be eligible for a tax write off.
  • You may also register to judge up to 8 PM Wednesday October 23rd at Frank and Fran’s, NCBBA Headquarters, provided openings are available.

Do I need a fishing permit?

Must I be an NCBBA member to fish the RDT?

  • No, our RDT is open to all. We would like for you to consider joining the NCBBA for lots of reasons but membership is not a requirement, bring a friend.

Is there a limit to the number of anglers in a team?

  • Yes, 3 to 6 members per team

The team rules indicate that each team will be asked to volunteer a judge for at least two sessions. The next paragraph says that team members will pay the same entry fee as others and will qualify for individual prize categories.

  • The teammate that judges will be reimbursed the $100.00
  • All other teammates will pay the $100.00 entrance fee
  • One option is if two teammates volunteer one six hour shift, each. However, only one may claim the reimbursement at sign in; you split the money amongst yourselves.

If on a team, must I fish with my teammates?

  • No, you may fish anywhere you want within the given area provided a judge is able to drive, not walk, to your fishing spot.

How does my Red Drum fish score count towards a team total?

  • You registered as an individual angler for the RDT. As an individual angler you are also linked to a team name on the registration form. Your Red Drum fish caught, as an individual angler, is also listed for your team in quantity only which is recorded at headquarters.

What size of Red Drum fish counts toward team total fish count?

  • Red Drum must be at least 18” to count. Please refer to the RDT Rules for all other sizes.

So in order to form a team, one member must volunteer to be a judge?

  • We can only ask and urge a team to volunteer a member to judge. 
  • All teams are kindly requested to offer up a volunteer to judge.
  • This may be one person for two 6 hour shifts or two persons performing a one 6 hour shift each. Only one person may be reimbursed the $100.00 at sign in.  

What is required to be a judge?

  • Most anyone may judge, whether being an individual or on a team. I say most anyone because to judge you must have a 4 WD vehicle, ORV beach permit, be 21 years of age or older, valid driver's license and other minute details.

My friend or my wife are judging with me and fishing. Are they required to pay the $100.00 entrance fee?

  • Yes, only one person in a vehicle is considered the judge. Ride alongs are up to the discretion of the person judging
  • An option is, if both of you judge separately, then yes, both are reimbursed the $100.00 fee

What are the tournament hours to fish?

  • Non-stop fishing October 23rd 12 midnight till Noon on October 26th. . Please see RDT rules for details.

Where may I fish?

  • Currently, you may fish between North of ramp 23 through North of Ramp 43 provided a judge is able to drive, not walk, to your fishing spot.
  • Other areas may become available if weather prevents us from fishing in the current given areas.

Am I able to fish in areas where the water is high and not drivable?

  • You may only fish in an area where the judge is able to drive, not walk, to your fishing spot.
  • We will distribute a list of Caution Driving Areas when you register to fish.

What are these areas fenced off with an NCBBA RDT Only signs?

  • The NCBBA RDT is grandfathered in with the NPS to fish in typically known as Non-ORV areas during the tournament hours.
  • You will be provided a form of identification for the Park Rangers to quickly identify you as an NCBBA RDT participant.
  • These areas are non-ORV before and after the tournament.

Last year there were not enough buckets or t-shirts for those registering, late. Will I get my gear if I register on October 23rd?

  • It was unfortunate and we apologize for not planning for the quantity of attending anglers in 2018. Our 2018 RDT was the second recorded high in attendees at 325 anglers. We are making arrangements to have enough buckets, t-shirts and hats for all who register to fish the RDT. More t-shirts will be available this year for late anglers and for sale. However, first come, first serve on t-shirt sizes for those who register before September 15, 2019 will guarantee the right fit.

The venue was too small last year for the awards dinner. What are you doing this year to make it better?

  • The RDT committee has discussed this in detail on how to make improvements for this year’s RDT Awards Dinner. We will be adding tents to accommodate more persons to be under a roof and other plans to be prepared, the best way possible, for weather conditions.
  • Please consider this is Hatteras Island. The island does not have a venue anywhere to accommodate the quantity of attendees without making some changes.
  • Also, on this year’s RDT application, we ask you to answer if you are attending so we may have a better idea of attendees further in advance.

Hurricane Dorian - How to help

Hurricane Dorian passed through North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday, September 6, leaving significant damage in its wake, the most serious being on Ocracoke Island.  

In an effort to provide assistance to those in need following the storm, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association will be making a donation to the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Below is information about the organization if you would like to donate as well.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation helps meet local needs across Dare County and the entire Outer Banks. Through the Outer Banks Community Foundation, people who love and appreciate the Outer Banks are able to give something back to the community to help meet immediate pressing needs.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting donations to support relief and recovery after Hurricane Dorian in both Dare County and Ocracoke. All contributions are tax-deductible, and every penny of every gift will be used to directly assist local individuals and families.

Donations can be made online at their website obcf.org, or can be mailed to the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Please write “Disaster Relief” in the memo line of your check and specify whether your gift should be designated for Dare County, Ocracoke or both.  

NCBBA encourages all our Members, Facebook friends and supporters to consider making a donation to the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Join with NCBBA to help provide relief to those in need in these storm damaged communities. Together we can make a difference.

Red Drum Tournament Judges Needed

May 20, 2019

2019 Red Drum Tournament Committee (RDTC)

Request for RDT Judges

Dear Anglers,

It is our pleasure to inform you the NCBBA RDTC has moved forward preparing for our 11th anniversary Red Drum Tournament October 23 to 26. We would not be able to have this event without you anglers and appreciate those anglers who chose to be a judge. We are reaching out to all anglers, above the age of 21, to see if you would be interested in judging this year. The NCBBA Web Site and our Facebook page have more details. Also, we have mailed out many applications and updated our web site which has an application for you to easily fill out online or print to send in. You will receive a Hat, Judge’s T-Shirt, a 5-gallon bucket and other freebies, valued above $60.00 retail. As always, you are welcome to fish the tournament. If you judged the previous year, you do not pay $100.00 up front. A first year judge pays the $100.00 fee upfront, which is reimbursed upon signing in at headquarters.

We are now accepting RDT judge and angler’s applications and getting this information out there early so you may plan time off and reserve accommodations. Some facilities offer a discount to NCBBA members; see our web site Merchant Discount Program. Please note, the minimum Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Pass is now good for ten (10) days.

New this year:

  1. This year, after judges register at Headquarters, Frank and Fran’s, you will be directed to the Avon Fire Department where Head Judges will be stationed all day for your convenience to get your judge information package and other information you may need to help us judge the RDT. Snacks and drinks will be served. This allows those who are not judging at midnight to select your fishing spot, early.
  2. The Beach Klub, next to Avon Fishing Pier, is the new location of Saturday’s awards meal which has a new more convenient ramp.
  3. Frank and Fran’s have graciously agreed to house our registration and headquarters once more. Sign in to complete the registration process and receive your freebies.
  4. Magnetic signs will not be used this year identifying you as a judge as we tend to lose more signs every year due to the wind blowing them off the side of your vehicle. A new style sign will be used which attaches to your window for better visibility and not so easily blown off.
  5. All new cell phones will be provided to help maintain communication between the angler and the judge.
  6. We are excited to inform you North of Ramp 44 is available, once more, for us to fish during the tournament, pending additional judge availability. Also, north of ramp 44 will come in handy in case of an area between ramps 23 and 38 are not available due to storm damage. Therefore, we need more judges, at least five (5). Please pass the word around to your friends.
  7. Several of you have requested one more Roving Judge. We need volunteers to be a roving judge, at least three (3). Also, please pass the word around to your friends.

It is you that will help make this a great 11th anniversary event. Please join us again for one of the best fishing tournaments on the East Coast and be a judge. We thank you for your time.

Best regards,

Lee Barrett, Co-Chairman RDTC

EMAIL: Lee.barrett@ncbba.org

Sailfish Stained Glass Raffle Tickets Now on Sale

Sailfish Raffle Tickets now available under "Shop". As NCBBA members we are so fortunate that Tracey Oates donates a beautiful stained glass to raffle off. Tickets are one of $5.00, five for $20.00, and 15 for $50.00. Cut off date for sales will be November 10th, 2019, drawing will be November 16th, 2019 at the Board of Directors Meeting. A list will be kept for ticket sales, a ticket will not be mailed to the purchaser.

2019 RDT Sponsors, Boosters and Supporters

2019 NCBBA Red Drum Tournament - Sponsors, Supporters and Boosters  
Name   Location 
Akios/One More Cast   Avon, NC
Avon Pier/Koru Village   Avon, NC
Carolina Cast Pro/Tommy Farmer   Rocky Point, NC
Century Rod/Hatteras Jacks/Ryan White   Rodanthe, NC
East Carolina Radio   Elizabeth City, NC
Flying Fish Ink   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Frank & Fran's   Avon, NC
Frisco Rod and Gun   Frisco, NC
Green Top Sporting Goods    Ashland, VA
Gary Michael   Lexington, NC
Holiday Ice   Suffolk, VA
Lighthouse Sports Bar   Buxton, NC
Ninja Tackle/Matt Poole   Chester, VA
Outer Beaches Realty   Avon, NC
Shore Lure Dist Co./Jim Darges   Raleigh, NC
Name   Location 
Askins Creek Store   Avon, NC
Atlantic Coast Sign & Electric   Ruckersville, VA
Beach Electric and Repair Services   Friso, NC
Beach Pharmacy   Avon & Hatteras, NC
Billy Mills #13488   Charlotte, NC
Billy's Truck and Auto   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Breeze Thru   Avon, NC
Burger Burger   Avon, NC
Camp Hatteras    Waves, NC
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club   Buxton, NC
Cape Hatteras Carpet   Buxton, NC
Cape Hatteras Motel   Buxton, NC
Cape Hatteras Realty and Construction   Salvo, NC
Cape Pines Motel    Buxton, NC
Carol (#10999) and Dave (#11935) Mowers   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Chuck's AC and Refrigeration   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Coastal Septic Company   Nags Head, NC
Coastal Impressions   Nags Head, NC
Coastal Septic   Nags Head, NC
Conners Market   Buxton, NC
CresConn Bank   Buxton, NC
Delaware Mobile Sports Fishermen   Millsboro, DE
Dillon's Corner   Buxton, NC
Farm Bureau Insurance   Dare County, NC
First Mate Outdoor Stuff   Charlotte, NC
Flying Fish Ink    Kill Devil Hills, NC
Frisco Tackle    Frisco, NC
Hatteras Body Shop   Frisco, NC
Hatteras Island Transportation    Buxton, NC
Hatteras Realty   Avon, NC
Island Cruisers   Rodanthe, NC
Island Spice and Wine   Avon, NC
Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates   Kitty Hawk, NC
John Cupples Contracting   Altoona, PA
Kim Mosher Designs   Buxton, NC
Lighthouse Auto    Buxton, NC
Liza's Pizza   Rodanthe, NC
Manteo Furniture and Appliance   Manteo, NC
Maryanne and Al Adam   Bath, NC
Nags Head Surf Fishing Club   Nags Head, NC
NC 12 Realty    Buxton, NC
OBX Towing   Avon, NC
Oceana's Bistro   Avon, NC
Ocean Atlantic Rentals   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Oceans East Bait and Tackle    Nags Head, NC
Ocean Gourmet/Sea Treasures   Rodanthe, NC
Ocean Waves Campground    Waves, NC
Outland Seafood    Mann's Harbor, NC
Pam and Bill Smith   Buxton, NC
Quarterdeck Resturant   Frisco, NC
Red Drum Tackle   Buxton, NC
Reynolds Racks   St. Georges, DE
Rodanthe Pier   Rodanthe, NC
St. Clairs Family Campground   Rodanthe, NC
Sunrise Seafood   Avon, NC
The Blue Whale   Rodanthe, NC
Top Dog Cafe   Rodanthe, NC
Tradewinds Tackle   Ocracoke, NC
TWs Bait and Tackle   Nags Head, NC
Wright Way Real Estate   NC & VA
Name   Member #
Al Adam   13459
Art Kojoyian   15758
Brynn Smith   15158
Christopher Gainer   None
Daniel Supplee   14185
Dave Wigginton   335
Eddie Clements Jr.   13743
Henry Lucas   50277
Jim Clark   14703
In Memory of Ralph Barrow Sr.   82
James Lucas   50278
Jim Clark   14703
Joan Supplee   15766
John Bryant   15747
Linda Wigginton    15747
Malcolm Pace   596
Maryanne Adam   14183
Michael Jeffers   955
Nancy Houda   15314
Robbie Redfearn    
Scarlet Smith   50299
Steve Barrow   352
Terry Oakes   14591
Tom Goodde    
Tom Spangnol   14201
Wills Lucas   50276
Wilson Duncan   12132
Youth Entry Sponsors    
Name   Member #
Dave Wigginton   335
Tommy Farmer   13043
Victor Wasilov   15662