In addition to sponsoring a youth team for this year's NCBBA Red Drum Tournament, Tommy Farmer will be doing his highly touted Casting Seminar 10/23 at 9:00 A.M. at Ramp 34 in Avon. Don't miss it.....Tommy will demonstrate the technique that will enable you to reach out whether you are a novice or a veteran surf caster.
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?
- Yes, a valid NC fishing permit is required and may be purchased on line at
- Some tackle shops offer fishing license registration.
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 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.
May 20, 2019
2019 Red Drum Tournament Committee (RDTC)
Request for RDT Judges
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:
- 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.
- The Beach Klub, next to Avon Fishing Pier, is the new location of Saturday’s awards meal which has a new more convenient ramp.
- 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.
- 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.
- All new cell phones will be provided to help maintain communication between the angler and the judge.
- 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.
- 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.
Lee Barrett, Co-Chairman RDTC
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