A Brief Tournament History

While celebrating the 12th Annual NCBBA Red Drum Tournament I thought some of you may appreciate some background. There are a number of folks who could fill in many more details to this brief history but this is what I have come to learn.

The tournament that immediately preceded Frank and Fran's Red Drum Tournament was the 15th Annual World Championship Red Drum Tournament. That event was founded by Joe Moore (One More Cast) and run by Joe and his wife, Liz until 1998. The first team division was included in the 2019 tournament, "The Joe Moore Team Challenge." Joe's tournament was headquartered at Frank and Fran's in 1998 so when Joe decided that the Moore family had other business to address the time allocated for the three day tournament was ceded to Frank Folb who started Frank and Fran's Red Drum Tournament in 1999. Frank, Fran and some of his crew ran the tournament until 2008 when they decided they would like to pass it on to others. At the time NCBBA had the opportunity to take over the event. It is my understanding that, with knowledge of the intense efforts required to manage such a tournament, the Board of Directors was generally opposed to step in and assume the responsibility. Given the extraordinary efforts, along with his commitment to accept all responsibility, David Joyner prevailed and we officially had the first NCBBA Red Drum Tournament in 2009. Dave, with the help of some steadfast members, headed up tournament efforts until stepping down after the 2017, 9th Annual event.

David Flanigan was head judge with Bobby Halstead as his assistant for the first nine events. George Mood was head judge in 2018 and 2019 and Bobby remained assistant judge as he has for every previous tournament. Tom Heggie, our Treasurer, will continue to support the registration, headquarter and banquet functions as he has done for the last several tournaments. Carol Mowers is a fixture at the merchandize tables and in creation of this Tournament Book, along with Janice Regan. They are responsible for a number of recent enhancements to the book as well acquiring a number of new supporters. Pam and Bill Smith have been a fixture selling raffle tickets and generally helping wherever needed at registration, as well as the banquet and background logistics. With Bill's encouragement the board has considered ways of better serving our members and soliciting feedback from tournament participants. Some of the results are the new banquet venue in 2018 and the team division added in 2019. When Frank Folb sold his business to Heather and Tim James and Stephanie and Randy Bayne in 2016 the new owners graciously decided to allow us to continue to use Franks and Frans as Tournament headquarters. They have gone out of their way to make everyone welcome.

A Tournament Committee took over the task of running the 10th annual event and has continued under the direction of Chairman Bill King and Assistants Bill Smith and Chris Worthington, as well as current NCBBA directors and member volunteers. They all work diligently to bring us the best possible product.

Last, and by no means least, we need to thank the judges, sponsors, supporters and you, our anglers, for making the Tournament possible. Many have been with us since the beginning and hopefully will be with us for years to come. Thank you for the support and your suggestions for ways that we may improve what is already a terrific event.

Al Adam, Vice President NCBBA