|2019 NCBBA Red Drum Tournament - Sponsors, Supporters and Boosters|
|Akios/One More Cast||Avon, NC|
|Avon Pier/Koru Village||Avon, NC|
|Cape Henry CRFG/Vega USA||Chesapeake, Va|
|Carolina Cast Pro/Tommy Farmer||Rocky Point, NC|
|Century Rod/Hatteras Jacks/Ryan White||Rodanthe, NC|
|Frank & Frans||Avon, NC|
|Lighthouse Sports Bar||Buxton, NC|
|Ninja Tackle/Matt Poole||Chester, Va|
|Conners Market||Buxton, NC|
|Youth Entry Sponsors|
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 team mate that judges will be reimbursed the $100.00
- All other team mates will pay the $100.00 entrance fee
- One option is if two team mates 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 team mates?
- 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.
Air Down – Please Don’t Tear Up the Beaches
Bill Smith, President #7126 Life Member
Much has been written and said after this past summer season about the need to lower tire pressure before driving on the beach. The issue became one of this summer’s biggest, with over thirty cars being stuck one weekend day at Ramp 44 on Hatteras Island.
The need to “air down” before venturing out onto the sand remains an area of concern for both the National Park Service, as well as other drivers who have to deal with the challenges of multiple “stuck” vehicles in their path.
If you read comments online, there are many different opinions expressed but the opinion of most experienced beach drivers is that it is imperative that you lower tire pressure significantly before attempting drive on the sand, normally reducing air pressure to at least 20 pounds or below.
It seems one of the biggest deterrents to beach drivers failing to “air down” surrounds their questions of what do they do after they leave the beach. Many who come to the Outer Banks on vacation, as well as those who live here, keep their tires aired down for significant periods of time. They do not “air down” and “air up” each time they use the beach. Maintaining reasonable highway speeds, in the area of 40 to 45 mph does little to compromise a vehicle’s tires, certainly over a limited period of time.
If you choose to drive on the beach, one thing that should be done is to become familiar with tackle shops or other locations that provide air stations. Many of our NCBBA Weigh Stations, listed in this newsletter, provide free air. In Corolla, for example, there is a new air station in Corolla Park with six air pumps. Many stores or gas stations up and down the beaches provide free air such as The Blue Whale in Salvo, Askins Creek Store in Avon and the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Become familiar with the available air stations around areas of the beach you enjoy.
Please be courteous, failing to properly “air down” before entering the beach can create problems for other conscientious drivers, can make for an expensive afternoon, damage your driveline and lessen the enjoyment of all who use our beaches. Your vehicle may have oversized tires and be capable of traveling on the beach with full air pressure but there is a good chance that it will create ruts making it difficult for those who follow.
Suggested equipment for beach driving is a shovel, a tow strap, a jack and a board to place under it. An air gauge is mandatory and four-wheel drive (4WD), although not mandatory, is highly recommended. All-wheel drive (AWD) and low ground clearance vehicles frequently have problems on the beach. Beware brown sand and drop-offs.
We want everyone to enjoy the beach driving experience by being properly prepared. As NCBBA members, let’s be the ambassadors out on the beach, setting the proper example for others by “airing down” before we head out.
For your convenience, we have listed Weigh Stations who have air..
Weigh Stations With Air
AVON - Frank & Fran's
BUXTON - Dillon's Corner
FRISCO - Frisco Rod and Gun
HATTERAS - Teach's Lair
OCRACOKE - Tradewinds Tackle Shop
Winner Blue Heron Stained Glass
Congratulations to Barry Brittingham #12723, DE, on being the winner of the “Blue Heron” stained glass. The raffle made $1290 for the organization.
Barry sent a thank you to NCBBA stating: “I would like to thank NCBBA and Tracey Oates for doing the fundraiser and for donating the artwork but also their time to make it. It is truly a beautiful piece of art and we look forward to displaying it proudly.”
Again thank you Tracey Oates #11240 for donating this beautiful artwork. Tracey already has in mind the pattern for next year’s artwork.
Tommy Farmer - Carolina Cast Pro to Sponsor 2 Junior Members in RDT
Over the years we have had a few Junior Anglers participate in the Red Drum Tournament. These anglers have had a good time, and some have been very successful. To encourage more Juniors to participate and more adults to “Take A Kid Fishing”. Tommy Farmer, Carolina Cast Pro, has agreed to sponsor two Juniors (15 and under). Tommy’s generous offer is a challenge to all of us to get more youth involved in NCBBA activities.
We will have a Junior Angler drawing on Awards night to pick the winners. Only those registered and fishing in the tournament will be eligible to participate.
If you would also like to sponsor a Junior in the tournament, please send a check for $100.00 to Tom Heggie, Treasurer NCBBA, 909 Cedar Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959. Please indicate it is for a Youth Sponsorship for the Red Drum Tournament.
Junior Anglers enjoy the same tournament benefits as Adult Anglers. Take A Kid Fishing! Tell your spouse what you are planning to do and give them a vacation. Better yet, bring your spouse and make it a family affair. Applications are available online. Click here for more information.
Hope to see you at the Tournament with a Junior Angler!
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