Different from the Rest

The 15th Annual Red Drum Tournament is open to the first 500 anglers who wish to enter. 


It is not an invitational tournament but is an individual tournament with a team component.

We have 60 hours of fishing on the Hatteras Island beaches between Ramp 23 and possibly to ramp 45 (South Beach).

We added a team division in 2018 that has become so popular it attracted over 60 teams in 2023. The teams are composed of 3-6 anglers and have become a favorite for families as well as established teams that fish invitational tournaments. Team members are also eligible for all individual prize categories.

You choose where and when you wish to fish with no assigned stations, as long as the area is accessible by vehicle, from midnight on Wednesday through noon on Saturday.

In 2022 we upped the ante for those who choose to judge two six-hour sessions by adding a new category with a cash prize of $1,000 for longest drum among only the other two session judges. Of course, judges can still win any individual or team category in the tournament.

Over $13,000 in cash and prizes were awarded in 2023.

Tommy Farmer of Carolina Cast Pro will, once again, provide a casting seminar on the morning of check in. This worthwhile session will help improve your technique and casting effectiveness. Tommy’s seminar will be followed with one from Hatteras’ Jacks own Ryan White. Ryan will be talking about reading the beach and alternative techniques. Not only is he a renowned rodsmith but an excellent fisherman as well.

Those who are pre-registered, highly recommended, will pick up their angler packets at the Klub Koru parking lot in a drive through fashion. Random selection from the pre-registered angler list will be lucky door prize recipients during this check-in.

The tournament wraps up on Saturday afternoon with an awards banquet and meal at the Beach Klub at Klub Koru. Along with the ceremony you may visit with several of our sponsors who will be displaying some of their goods.


Scan Code to Register

QR Code 2024 RDT Application

Schedule of Events


September 23, 2024 - Deadline for free t-shirts

October 1, 2024 - Mail in registration ends 

October 18, 2024 - Online registration ends 

Wednesday October 23, 2024

Angler check-in 8AM -5PM at Koru parking lot (next to the Avon pier) 

Late angler registration from 8AM - 8PM at Frank and Fran's 

Judges will check-in and orientation at Frank and Fran's between 8AM and 8PM * Judges who need to check in later than 7PM must contact the head judge to schedule a meeting time for orientation. 

Vendors show at Koru Beach Klub parking lot (next to the Avon pier) from 8 AM to 4 PM 

Educations Seminars at Ramp 34

  • 9AM Tommy Farmer Casting Clinic¬†
  • 11AM Ryan White from Hatteras Jack - Alternative Fishing Techniques Seminar¬†

Thursday - Saturday 

Grab your own spot within our designated fishing areas and fish around the clock if you'd like. Be sure to respect the NPS wildlife closure signs. 


Awards banquet from 2PM - 5PM at Koru Beach Klub


What's Included

Join us for our biggest fund raiser. Come away with great memories and some goodies.

Upon check in you will get your angler packet which will include an RDT pin, RDT hat, hemostat, some rigs and more.

Early bird anglers (those who registered on or before 9/25/24) will also get a beautiful, limited edition RDT T-shirt.

Random door prizes will be awarded during check in. 


RDT Rules 


Please review the RDT Rules whether you are a new or a returning angler.

Over $13,000 Prizes 


Award Value Categories 


Longest Drum Overall 


2nd Longest Drum Overall

Two-Session Judge *


Most Drum Overall *


Ladies Longest Drum 

Senior Longest Drum

Youth Longest Drum

 Day 1 Longest Drum

Day 2 Longest Drum

Day 3 Longest Drum 


Ladies 2nd Longest Drum

Senior 2nd Longest Drum 

Youth 2nd Longest Drum

Day 1 2nd Longest Drum 

Day 2 2nd Longest Drum 

Day 3 2nd Longest Drum

Joe Moore Team Most Drum - Plaques and Other Prizes

First Place, Second Place, and Third Place *

Bluefish and Sea Mullet


Longest Blue Overall

Longest Mullet Overall


Youth Longest Blue

Youth Longest Mullet

*One fish can win in only one category (except Most Caught, Team and Judge categories. Angler can win in more categories with multiple fish. 

Senior Angler (65 & Older) - Youth Angler (15 & Younger)

Bluefish (16 inch minimum) -- Sea Mullet (14 inch minimum)

In conformance with IRS rules, all winners are required to fill out and sign IRS form W9 prior to payment/receipt of prizes. 

Tournament Officials (Chairmen, Head Judge and Assistant Head Judge are not eligible for prizes). 

Don't miss out on free RDT T-shirt

Register by 9/23/2024 for a free Red Drum Tournament T-shirt!


History of our Tournament

While celebrating the 15th Annual NCBBA Red Drum Tournament I thought some of you may appreciate some history. 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 until 1998. The first team division, ‚ÄúThe Joe Moore Team Challenge,‚ÄĚ was added in the 2018 tournament and has become very popular with 40+ teams participating in 2022. 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. With knowledge of the intense work required to manage such an event, the Board of Directors was generally opposed to step in and assume the responsibility. Given his 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 his wife Joyce and 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 picked up the head judge mantle in 2017 and still carries it with Bobby remaining assistant as he has for every previous tournament. Tom Heggie, our Treasurer, continued to support the registration, headquarters 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 recent enhancements to the book as well acquiring new supporters with help from Director Tom Brueckner and Vice President Jay Dimig. We had over 20 member volunteers helping with such things as raffle sales, angler check in and late registration, banquet, and other tasks. We have reached out beyond the RDT committee for suggestions resulting in some changes such as the drive through check in, the new banquet venue at the Beach Klub at Koru in 2017 and the team division added in 2018. When Frank Folb sold his business to Heather and Tim James and Stephanie and Randy Bayne in 2016 the new owners graciously offered to continue to host Tournament headquarters where 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 been doing so ever since. This year Mike Regan is the chairman, and Al Adam will serve as Head Judge. Our project plan continues to be managed by Janice Regan. Tom Brueckner and Jay Dimig have key roles as does Carol Mowers and Gary Houchins. 

Last, and by no means least, we need to thank the judges, sponsors, volunteers, supporters and you, our anglers, in making the Tournament possible. The 2023 tournament set a new record for attendance, bringing 455 anglers to our Hatteras Island beaches. Many have been with us since the beginning and hopefully will be with us for years to come. Thanks to all who are involved for the support and your suggestions for ways that we may improve what is already a terrific event.

Al Adam, President, 13459

2024 RDT Item

Mail-in Registration 

You can mail in your registration to the following address. It must be received by 9/23/24 for a free t-shirt and by 10/1/24 to be registered in the tournament. 

RDT Registration

PO Box 189 

Nags Head, NC 27920 

Judge Information and Registration


We need all judge contact information.

Please AFTER you have been given your ramp assignment. We need all your contact information as well as your shirt size.

The form below puts you on our official 1-session judge list.

Interested but not signed up?

Judges are critical to our event. Without judges we wouldn't have a tournament.

If you would like to judge one session you will be able to fish paying only half the registration fee at only $65.00

You will be eligible to win any prize for which you qualify except the judge category which is reserved for those anglers who judge two sessions.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Al Adam [email protected] 610-587-8678


We need all judge contact information.

Please complete this form AFTER you have been given your ramp assignments. We need all your contact information as well as your shirt size.

The form below puts you on our official 2-session judge list.

Interested but not signed up?

Judges are critical to our event. Without judges we wouldn't have a tournament. As a thank you and an incentive we have created a 'Judge Only' category for two session judges with a cash prize of $1000. 

If you choose to help out and judge two sessions, you will be eligible to win any prize for which you qualify and you will compete against the other two session judges for longest drum. That's good odds. Even better, your fish can win in other qualifying categories. 

If you are interested in learning more contact Al Adam [email protected]¬†610-587-8678

14th Annual Red Drum Tournament Awards

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2023 First Place Winner

Longest Drum Overall 

Award Value $2000

Tommy Farmer presents Louis Guzman with first place prize for Longest Drum Overall at 47.5" 

2023 Second Place Winner

Second Longest Drum Overall

Award Value $1000

Head Judge George Mood presents Chris Linton with his award for his 46" fish. 

2nd Place Longest Drum Overall Chris Linton with George Mood
Ladies Longest Drum Mildred Ritter

Ladies Longest Drum

Awarded to Mildred Ritter for catching and releasing a 33.5 in drum. 

Mildred also won the Ladies second longest drum!

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This is one young man's story.