Competitive anglers love the thrill of pulling in a huge fish. They also love the sweet agony of wondering if their catch is the biggest one of the tournament. Prizes are at stake, as well as bragging rights and fishing stories for a lifetime. This is important stuff and the Outer Banks is the place to experience it.
Anglers here will enjoy a whole festival atmosphere that goes with most fishing tournaments. Revelry, rivalry and live music as well as cook-outs, awards banquets and even auctions make fishing in the Outer Banks tournaments a time the whole family can enjoy.
Women who enjoy fishing can join in the ladies-only Alice Kelly tournament in August. This tournament has it all – great fishing, cook-outs, team costumes, boat decorating contests and more. Best of all, it benefits cancer support groups. Doing something fun and doing good at the same time? That’s a win/win tournament.
Blue Marlin are incredible fighter fish. Every angler dreams of seeing one of those fish on their line. Tournaments are abundant around this prize-fighter of the fish world. Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament, The Annual Billfish Tournament and many others seek to bring families to the area with prizes, food, live music and more.
For children who want to join in the fun, The Small Fry Tournament is held over the 4th of July in Pirate’s Cove. Small children ages 3-8 can show off their casting, baiting and catching skills in the surf. Older children ages 9-15 can compete to win prizes. There are awards in each age category.
Surf fishing tournaments like the Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament in Hatteras lure in groups of less than six people to try their luck and test their ability. Those who don’t want to fish can still enjoy the beach and be a part of the party on shore.
Looking for a little adventure? Kayak fishing is exactly what it sounds like. Fishers use a kayak to paddle to a supreme fishing spot. From there, they drop their line and hope for the best. This sport is ultra challenging, combining the ultimate fishing skills with balance and caution so the kayak is not tipped over as you bring in the fish. Kitty Hawk has the Kayak Fishing Tournament to get anglers and would-be anglers to visit the marshes and shorelines in search of great fish. Bring in your catch. Enjoy a cook-out. Remember that your entry money is used to benefit the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust which protect these beautiful areas where fishing is fantastic.
For a family tournament, The Manteo Rotary Club’s Inshore Fishing Tournament is all-inclusive. Everyone in your family, no matter their age, can enjoy this event. There are awards for every category, so that even the youngest can celebrate their catch. Compete to reel in the largest striper, puppy drum, speckled trout or drum. Enjoy tasty roasted pork at the pig-pickin’ held after the event. Listen to the music. Watch the children play. Hear the stories from the men as the fish gets larger each time they talk about it. This event also benefits the community with the proceeds going to scholarships for kids in the Outer Banks communities.
Come for the competition. Stay for the music. Eat the barbecue, seafood and burgers at the cookouts. Join in the auctions. Most of all enjoy great fishing together in the Outer Banks.