Take a Kid Fishing - RDT - Tommy Farmer to Sponsor 2 Jr. Anglers

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!

2018 Red Drum Tournament Sponsors/Boosters/Supporters

Red Drum Tournament - Sponsors/Boosters/Supporters 

Please Support These Merchants and Let Them Know You Appreciate Their Support!


Century Rod/Hatteras Jacks Rodanthe, NC
Carolina Cast Pro Rocky Point, NC
One More Cast Avon, NC
Vega USA-Cape Henry Custom Rods & Fishing Gear Chesapeake, Va
Frank & Fran Avon, NC
Fishin Hole Salvo, NC
Holiday Ice Suffolk, Va
Coastal Accents Poplar Branch, NC
Container First Services (CFS) Petersburg, Va
Lighthouse Sports Bar Buxton, NC
Ninja Tackle Chester, Va


Conners Market Buxton, NC
Wright Realty NC & VA  
Billy's Truck and Auto Kill Devil Hills, NC
St Clairs Campground Rodanthe, NC
Chuck's AC and Refrigeration Outer Banks and Ocracoke
Joe Lamb and Associates Kitty Hawk, NC
Hatteras Realty Avon, NC  
Flying Fish Ink Kill Devil Hills, NC
Ocean Atlantic Rentals Avon, NC  
Coastal Impressions Nags Head, NC
Kitty Hawk Surf Co Nags Head, NC
Beach Electric and Repair Services Frisco, NC
Cape Hatteras Realty and Construction Salvo, NC  
Frisco Rod & Gun Frisco, NC
Nags Head Surf Fishing Club Nags Head, NC
Manteo Furniture Manteo, NC
Island Spice and Wine Avon, NC  
Sunrise Seafood Market Avon, NC  
The Blue Whale Salvo, NC  
Sea Treasures Rodanthe, NC
Frisco Tackle Frisco, NC
Red Drum Tackle Buxton, NC
Cape Pines Motel Buxton, NC
Rodanthe Pier Rodanthe, NC
Dance's Sporting Goods Colonial Heights, Va
Atlantic Coast Signs & Electric Ruckersville, Va
Ocean Waves Campground Waves, NC
Coastal Septic Nags Head ,NC
Camp Hatteras Rodanthe, NC
Billy Mills # 13488 Charlotte, NC
CresCom Bank Buxton, NC
Billy's Electric and Repair Frisco, NC
Carol and Dave Mowers Kill Devil Hills, NC
Maryanne and Al Adam Bath, NC  
Lisa's Pizza Rodanthe, NC
Atlantic Coast Café Waves, NC
Top Dog Café Rodanthe, NC
Island Cruisers Salvo, NC  
OBX Towing Buxton, NC
Bowed Up Lures Southern Shores, NC
John Cupples Contracting Altoona, Pa
Dillons Corner Buxton, NC
Askins Creek Store Avon, NC  
Breeze Thru Avon, NC  
Island Cruisers Salvo, NC  
Beach Pharmacy Avon, Hatteras, NC
Danny and Wanda Fletcher Elizabeth City,NC
Nino's Pizza Avon, NC  
Oceanas Bistro Avon, NC  
First Mate Outdoor Stuff Charlotte, NC
Lowe's Home Improvement Prince George, Va
Tradewinds Tackle Ocracoke, NC
Radio Hatteras Frisco, NC
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Buxton, NC
Outer Banks Preservation Association Buxton, NC
Pam and Bill Smith Buxton, NC
NC 12 Realty Buxton, NC
Lighthouse Service Center Buxton, NC
Hatteras Body Shop Frisco, NC
Cape Hatteras Carpet Buxton, NC
Tradewinds Tackle Ocracoke, NC
Radio Hatteras Frisco, NC
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Buxton, NC
Outer Banks Preservation Association Buxton, NC
Pam and Bill Smith Buxton, NC
NC 12 Realty Buxton, NC
Lighthouse Service Center Buxton, NC
Hatteras Body Shop Frisco, NC
Cape Hatteras Carpet Buxton, NC
Cape Hatteras Motel Buxton, NC
Farm Bureau Insurance Dare County, NC


Al Adam - 13459
Maryanne Adam - 14183
Brynn Smith - 15158
ScarlettSmith - 50299
Wills Lucas - 50276
Henry Lucas - 50277
James Lucas - 50278
Rick Tisdale - 3732
Bill Smith - 7126
Pam Smith - 13271
Dave Wigginton - 335
Linda Wigginton
Henry Jew III - 4616
Mac Pace - 596
Nancy Houda - 15314
Dan Supplee - 14185
George Mood - 12730
Marge Mood - 15364
David Butrym - 5565
John Mantz - 14098

2018 Election Results

We had a record turnout for this election and we want to thank all of you who took the time to vote. We also want to thank those who agreed to serve on the board this term as well as all who have previously served NCBBA.

Some say volunteerism is a thing of the past but NCBBA is alive and well thanks not only to the board but to our members who proudly display their blue license plate and are ambassadors for everything we stand for.

Best wishes and many thanks to outgoing board members Ed Frankenstein and Francis Kennedy. You will be missed.

Election results are below.

  • President: Bill Smith
  • Vice President: Al Adam
  • Secretary: Pam Smith
  • Treasurer: Tom Heggie
  • Director: Lee Barrett
  • Director: Charles Lockett

Welcome to our two newest board members

  • Director: Chris Worthington
  • Director: Kaity Watts

Election Committee,

Harry Nash, Michael Porter and Janice Regan

Point Closure May 19, 2018

On May 18, 2018 we shared on Facebook information with you that there would be a partial closure of Cape Point to protect strategically built bird nests. The requirements attached to the Defense Authorization act of Fiscal 2015 mandate the NPS "Review and adjust wildlife protection buffers using adaptive management practices to insure buffers are of the shortest duration and cover the smallest area necessary to protect species." Despite changes within the Final Rule governing access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area the current nest locations require a wildlife protection buffer that prevents access to approximately 500 meters of the Point area to all ORV and pedestrian traffic. In this case the closure took place on the morning of May 19 and is likely to last until late July.

While there are numerous shorebird nests in the Cape Point area (Piping Plover, American Oystercatchers, and Colonial Water Bird colonies), the species that is currently preventing access to the tip of Cape Point are Least Terns of which there are, as of May 23, twelve nests. The current NPS wildlife protection buffer for Least Terns nests is 100 meters.

When Shelly Island merged with Cape Point it created a considerable amount of additional beach at the Point. While this additional area was thought to be helpful in accommodating more visitors and enabling access corridors, if required, and when possible, it was also obvious that the added stretch of beach would be an invitation for birds that prefer that broad open beach adjacent to the tide line for nesting. The current closure extends from just north of the point to approximately one tenth of a mile south of the bypass road terminus (i.e. you can drive from Ramp 44 south for 7/10 of a mile). The bypass road allows ORV access beyond the dune line in the cases where high tides make the beach impassable however allowing for access to the Point itself. While a small area of the Point remains open and outside of the closure, it is limited to those willing to walk there while remaining with feet in the water. This requires a great deal of caution and awareness of potential wave activity and rip currents often apparent in that area.

Although we are grateful that conditions allowed ORV access to the Point for 660 continuous days, less one for ordnance disposal, prior to this closure the NCBBA Directors and Officers along with other access groups will continue the mission to strive for additional access to more areas for longer durations. While NPS Hatteras, under the leadership of Superintendent David Hallac, has complied with, and in many cases exceeded, the requirements for improved access there is still more work to be done. The "best available" science that dictates the buffer areas and duration of closures is not exact and, in fact, according to many people, dubious and subject to strong challenges.

I suggest that you contact your local, state and federal elected officials as well as NPS Hatteras and the Department of Interior to express your concerns about the current closures and the designation of Vehicle Free Areas. At present we have an access friendly Secretary of the Interior in Ryan Zinke. He has mandated that the public should have access to public lands whenever possible. In addition to his initiatives to improve access the Trump administration is seeking to change the rules under which various species may be deemed in need of special protection that tends to stay in place for inordinate amounts of time after a "recovery" has been accomplished. They are trying to make it more difficult to list and easier to remove what are often considered excessive protections.

Unfortunately, one of the most desirable areas for fishing, shelling and sight-seeing is currently closed to ORV access due to nesting birds in an area where their success rate is historically poor. In the case of our beaches the good news is that there remains approximately 27.5 miles available for ORV access, representing over 90% of summer time ORV routes, and good fishing can be found along much of that area. Please don't allow the closure of .4 miles of beach discourage you from enjoying all of the other opportunities on Hatteras Island and adjacent areas.

Al Adam, Vice President NCBBA



October 23 - 26, 2019
By Bill King, Director #1467

What a Great 2018 RDT We Had - Good Food, Good Catches & Great Fellowship!

As the Chairman for 2019 RDT, I, along with vice-chair Lee Barrett, the Red Drum Tournament Steering Committee and Board of Directors, cannot say enough about how everyone pitched in, offered to help and just genuinely got things done, which surprised ourselves at times, but it all worked out in the wash and a good time was had by all. We have already started the behind-the- scenes tasks to make our 2019 tournament bigger and better.
We will get into “full-speed ahead” mode at the January BOD Meeting. We’ve had several good conversations here and there to set the pace on how we will proceed to keep the NCBBA RDT the premier fishing tournament on the East Coast.
As we did last year, we have taken your comments and suggestions and I hope you see yours as the tournament kicks-off.
The real “BIG” change for 2019 is the addition of a Team Category. Team members will still register to fish the RDT but the Team is looking for the most red drum caught. Their reward will be to have “bragging rights” and a pass-around Trophy.
Keep watching our Constant Contacts and Newsletters with information as we move forward. Thank You to all our anglers, supporters and sponsors.

 2019 Prize Categories

$2000 Award Value

 Longest Red Drum Overall

$1000 Award Value

2nd Longest Red Drum Overall

$900 Award Value 

Most Red Drum Overall

$500 Award Value

Longest Bluefish (16” Minimum)

Largest Sea Mullet (14” Minimum)

Daily Awards $500 Award Value

Longest Red Drum - Day 1 (10/24 12:01 A.M. – 11:59 P.M.)

Longest Red Drum – Day 2 (10/25 12:01 A.M. – 11:59 P.M.)

Longest Red Drum – Day 3 (10/26 12:01 A.M. – 12:00 Noon)

Daily Awards $300 Award Value

2nd Longest Red Drum – Day 1 (10/24 12:01 A.M. – 11:59 P.M.)

2nd Longest Red Drum – Day 2 (10/25 12:01 A.M. – 11:59 P.M.)

2nd Longest Red Drum – Day 3 (10/26 12:01 A.M. – 12:00 Noon)

Ladies Anglers - $500 Award Value

Longest Red Drum

Ladies Anglers - $300 Award Value

2nd Longest Red Drum

Senior Anglers (65+) - $500 Award Value

Longest Red Drum

Senior Anglers (65+) - $300 Award Value

2nd Longest Red Drum

Youth Angler (age 15 or under) - $500 Award Value

Longest Red Drum

Youth Angler (age 15 or under) - $250 Award Value

2nd Longest Red Drum

Youth Angler (age 15 or under) - $175 Award Value

Longest Bluefish (16“ minimum)

Largest Sea Mullet (14” minimum)

Most Red Drum by Team

Team Recognition and Bragging Rights - Possible Prizes in Addition


  • One fish can only win one category with the exception of Most Caught Category
  • Angler can win more categories with multiple fish
  • Youth Angler must be age 15 or younger
  • Senior Angler must be 65 years old or older

2019 Tournament Rules

  1. Official entry form (Anglers Species Report) must be presented when submitting a fish to a tournament official.
  2. Fish must be measured & verified by on-duty Tournament Official to qualify for entry.
  3. All fish caught on 10/24 must be registered before 11:59 P.M. on 10/24. All fish caught on 10/25 must be registered by 11:59 P.M. on 10/25. All fish caught on 10/26 must be registered by 12:00 P.M. on 10/26. Angler must be registered when the fish is caught. No fish can be entered after 12:00 P.M. on 10/26. Exception: If fish is hooked prior to 12:00 P.M. the Angler may land the fish provided judge was called before 12:00 P.M.
  4. NCBBA may cancel the complete tournament or any portion of the tournament if circumstances such as bad weather arise. If the complete tournament is cancelled before it begins, a total refund of entry fee will be made. Once the tournament begins, no refunds will be made.
  5. All fishing will be governed by IGFA, state and federal rules and regulations.
  6. The Chairmen or Head Judge reserves the right to disqualify any fish of suspicious nature that is entered.
  7. All Anglers will display their fishing gear for examination to any Tournament Official on request. Anglers are limited to 4 rods, per licensed fishing person, that you may actively fish. Do not use unattended rods to take up beach area.
  8. Keep the beaches clean – no bait scrap or carcass to be thrown in ocean or left on the beach.
  9. Judge cellular phone numbers, provided at tournament, will be used for tournament communications and emergencies only.
  10. No nets or gaff may be used by Anglers. No use of boats or other flotation devices may be used for placing baits. No assistance allowed in casting or landing of fish. This is a catch and release tournament except Bluefish and Mullets.
  11. Anglers will need an area working cellular phone. If a judge does not answer, please call roaming judge or closest ramp judge in your vicinity.
  12. Surf fishing only, feet must be on the sand. No sound-side fishing. Anglers must only fish in designated beach driving areas. The judge must be able to drive to you in order to score the fish.
  13. All measurements will be determined by TAIL LENGTH. In case of a tie, first measured fish wins excluding Sea Mullet. The tie breaker for Sea Mullet is determined by length and weight and must be weighed during the session in which it was caught (i.e. 12:01 A.M. to 6:00 A.M.)
  14. All Anglers must have a current NPS Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) permit to drive on NPS beaches; available at the Bodie or Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and online.
  15. All Anglers must have a valid NC Saltwater Fishing License; available at most tackle shops.
  16. In accordance with IRS rules, all winners are required to fill out and sign IRS Form W9 prior to payment/receipt of prizes. 
  17. The team with the most number of Red Drum registered will be the winning team. Should there be a tie in quantity, the team that reaches the winning number of Red Drum earliest, by session and time, will be the winner.

Slight changes in rules & prizes may occur between this printing and the tournament. All entries will be advised of any changes at registration. The Chairmen, Head Judge, Asst. Head Judge are excluded from prizes.

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