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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