Red Drum Tournament Recap

Another successful Red Drum Tournament is behind us. There were plenty of nice fish caught, lots of old friends and laughter and those moments of exhaustion that only come when you are doing something you truly enjoy.

Beyond the tournament itself, it is reflecting on last night’s Awards Banquet that reinforces why I am so proud to be a part of this organization, as well as having a voice and a role in its direction.

Through the combined donations of NCBBA, Michael Jackson of the Fishin’ Hole, Friends of David and Joyce Joyner and the generosity of the tournament anglers, the Hatteras Island Methodist Men received $4,640 to assist in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. NCBBA also donated an additional $500 each to the VFD’s from Hatteras and Frisco Villages and to the United Methodist Church of Ocracoke Island. Before the storm, NCBBA had presented a check for $1000 to the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team.

NPS District Ranger Mark Seaman joined us and expressed his appreciation for our organization, what we stand for and our adherence to our code of ethics out on the beach.

Closing, I’d like to thank:

  1. The NCBBA Board who worked tirelessly throughout the Tournament
  2. Tournament Director David Joyner and Assistant Director Ervin Gaskins for their countless efforts throughout the year and during the tournament
  3. Head Judge David Flanigan and Assistant Head Judge Bobby Halstead, along with the volunteers who measured those fish out on the beaches
  4. Finally, the Tournament Anglers, who year in and year out support our tournament. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Bill Smith, President


Red Drum Tournament Results

NCBBA’s 8th Annual Red Drum Tournament Final Results

There were 279 participants, in which 36 of these are also judges competing for over $8,500.00 in cash & prizes. We have 2, Junior Anglers (under 16), 26, Female Anglers, 3 of which are seniors (over 65) and 66 Senior Male Anglers. They represent 14 different states. Allan Maly from Dallas, TX traveled the longest distance.

Anglers began fishing at Midnight (12:01 A.M.)Thursday, October 19th. Fishing will continued until noon on Saturday, October 22nd. After 7 years of Frank & Fran’s hosting the tournament, this year the store changed ownership. Frank & Fran’s, Avon, NC new owners Stephanie & Randy Ryals and Heather & Tim James welcomed us back and hosted their first Red Drum Tournament.

The Final Results were:

Largest Red Drum Overall is Tom Goode of Amelia, VA with a 49.75 inch fish.

2nd Largest Red Drum Overall is David Griffith of Holly Springs, NC caught a 49.50 inch fish.

Largest Red Drum Day #1 is Brian Tarman of Stafford, VA with a 48.75 inch fish.

2nd Largest Red Drum Day #1 is Scott Allsbrook of Winterville, NC with a 48.25 inch fish.

Largest Red Drum Day #2 is Richard Kosa of Toms River, NJ with a 44.50 inch fish.

2nd Largest Red Drum Day #2 is Charles Durrer of Charlottesville, VA with a 44.50 inch fish.

Largest Red Drum Day #3 is Richard Kosa of Toms River, NJ with a 47.00 inch fish.

2nd Largest Red Drum Day #3 is Kyle Berry of Nags Head, NC with a 46.25 inch fish.

Most Red Drum is Anthony Wiest of Woodbridge, VA with 4. Stuart Davis of Woodbridge, VA also caught 4 fish, but Anthony Wiest caught his first fish on Day #1, while Stuart’s first fish was not caught until Day #2.

Largest Red Drum by a Female is McKenna Fulcher of Morehead City, NC with a 25.75 fish.

Largest Red Drum by a Senior is Jeanne Griffin of Moncure, NC with a 27.00 inch fish.

Largest Sea Mullet Overall (14 in. min.) is Joe White of Nags Head, NC with a 16.75 inch 1.86 lb. fish.

Largest Bluefish Overall (16 in. min.) is Ryan Jackle of Kernersville, NC with a 19.00 inch fish.

Dare County Sheriff's Office update

Bulletin #13 October 12, 2016 10:30 a.m.

Updated Entry Information for Hatteras Island


The North Carolina Department of Transportation has worked diligently to clear sand and water from NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and has indicated that conditions will soon allow for safe travel.

All Hatteras Island volunteer fire departments and emergency service personnel are working closely with Dare County Emergency Management to ensure that the necessary resources and infrastructure are in place in preparation for the arrival of visitors.

Based on current conditions, the Dare County Control Group has determined that visitors will be allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton beginning 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Previous restrictions remain in place for areas south of  Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras Village. Residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of businesses with proper reentry passes will be allowed access.

It is important for visitors coming to unrestricted villages check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs. Please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

Once the ferries from Hatteras Village to Ocracoke Island are operational, Hyde County officials have indicated there will be restricted access to Ocracoke Island. There will be no access for visitors to Ocracoke Island until further notice from Hyde County officials. Only those with proper identification as outlined by Hyde County will be allowed access to the ferry dock once ferries are up and running.

Please keep in mind that there is still sand and water on roadways and motorists should proceed with caution. Go slowly through standing water because creating wake will cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties.

CHAPA response to proposed ORV rule

Titled: CHAPA response to proposed ORV rule.

On August 22, 2016 the National Park Service (NPS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (FR Doc.2016-19844) (Special Regulations; Areas of the National Park System, Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Off-Road Vehicle Management).  The public comment period for the proposed rule ends on October 21, 2016.  We urge you to review the proposed changes to the ORV rule and to submit comments.

The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance (CHAPA) sent the attached letter to North Carolina Senators Burr and Tillis and Congressman Jones on September 23, 2016 to advise them of our reactions to the proposed rule.  We share this letter with you to aid you as you prepare your comments.   Click here to open or download the September 23 CHAPA letter  

The proposed rule changes were prepared by the NPS as a direct result of the legislation sponsored by our senators and congressman in December, 2014.  CHAPA believes that the proposed changes to the rule will have a favorable impact on access, additional changes are necessary if the legislation is to be viewed as a success.

NPS identified Alternative 2 in Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Consideration of Modifications to the Final Rule for ORV Management Environmental Assessment - February 2016 (EA)as their preferred alternative.  In March, CHAPA commented that the preferred alternative was a good starting point but that additional changes should be incorporated into the Final Rule.

NPS decided none of the changes submitted by CHAPA were warranted.  The proposed rule is essentially the same as the preferred alternative from the EA.  While NPS has reacted to the "letter" of the law, changes reflecting the intent of the law are minimal.

CHAPA believes the recommendations for changes to the preferred alternative we submitted in March remain appropriate as recommendations for changes to the proposed rule and have advised the NPS of our position. The goal of our recommendations is to establish an ORV rule that will both insure resource protection and allow maximum access for both pedestrians and ORVs.

We ask you to review the proposed rule and provide your comments to the NPS.  Your individual participation in the proposed rule comment period is critical to the success of our efforts to improve access at the Seashore.  Click here to open the rule making portalwhere you will be able to read the proposed rule, read comments submitted by others, and submit your comments electronically.

Other Info:

Click here to open or download CHAPA's Original Comments on February, 2016 EA.
Click here to open or download the entire February, 2016  EA in pdf format.

DATES: The public comment period will be open for 60 days. Comments must be received on or before midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) on October 21, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the Proposed Rule, identified by the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN): 1024-AE33, by any of the following methods:

Mail or hand deliver to:  Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401      National Park Drive, Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Comments submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal, or submitted by mail must be entered, or postmarked, before midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) October 21, 2016. Comments submitted by hand delivery must be received by the close of business hours (5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) October 21, 2016.  Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or in any way other than those specified above, and bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available here: