There were 222 paid anglers, 33 judges & 15 winners from the 2011 tournament competing for over $10,000.00 in cash & prizes. They represent 18 different states. Allan Maly from Dallas, TX traveled the longest distance.
Day I of had warm temperatures & calm seas, resulting in lots of 15 inch bluefish & only 5 Red Drum measured.
Day 2 had all eyes on the weather as Hurricane Sandy approached. Tournament Officials closely watched Hurricane Sandy’s track predictions, consulted with Dare County Officials & NPS personnel & at 1:30 A.M. Friday, announced the following tournament schedule change:
The tournament will end at noon, Saturday, October 27th. The afternoon fishing session from noon to 4:00 P.M. was canceled. The awards banquet was moved from 6:30 P.M. Saturday to 2:00 P.M. This would allow tournament participants time to leave Hatteras Island before Saturday evening’s 6:30 P.M. high tide.
The winds picked up & so did the size of the fish. Day 2 saw 8 Red Drum measured of which 3 over 40 inches were qualifying for a state citation.
Day 3 saw extremely high winds & tides with only 2 more Red Drum measured.
There were a total of 16 Red Drum measured during the 3 day tournament, of which 5 over 40 inches were qualifying for a state citation. I am happy to report that once again, ALL were released alive! No Red Drum has ever been killed during this tournament.
The final tournament results are:
1st Place Overall for Largest Red Drum is Mike McKee of Durham, NC with a 47.75 inch Red Drum.
2nd Place Overall for Largest Red Drum is Mike McKee of Durham, NC with a 45.50 inch Red Drum.
Most Red Drum Registered for the Tournament with 4 fish is Mike McKee of Durham, NC.
Mike Eastridge #14083 of Charlotte, NC had the Day I Largest Red Drum with a 45.00 inch Red Drum.
Mike Crew #4926 of Leesburg, VA was the 2nd Place Day 1 winner with a 19.75 inch Red Drum.
John McKee of Durham, NC wins Day 2 Largest Red Drum with a 41.00 inch Red Drum.
John Cupples #12650 of Altoona, PA was the 2nd Place Day 2 winner with a 26.00 inch Red Drum. He then donated the $100.00 cash prize to NCBBA for the Legal Fund!
Ian Gilmour #9674 of Durham, NC wins Day 3 Largest Red Drum with a 44.00 inch Red Drum.
Jeff Rosenberry #14414 OF Boyce, VA was the 2nd Place Day 3 winner with a 38.25 inch Red Drum.
Hunter Durrer of Charlottesville, VA was the Junior Angler (16 & under) Winner with a 18.00 inch Red Drum.
Beth Barsalou of Highland Springs, VA was the Female Angler winner with a 18.00 inch Red Drum.
Charles Durrer of Charlottesville, VA has the largest bluefish with a 18.75 fish.
Terrie Ferris of Canterbury, CT has the largest sea mullet with a 17.25 inch 2lb. 30z. fish.