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Most Hatteras Island fishing tournaments canceled

Most of Hatteras Island’s fall surf fishing tournaments have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The largest and oldest tournament, Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is usually held the first weekend in November. Not this year.

The tournament invites 120 six-person teams to the fishing contest.

The club’s board has also canceled all of its other events, including Wednesday Bingo, members meetings and pot-luck suppers.

The first tournament on the island, Hatteras Village Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament, is usually held early in September, but not this year. This tournament also has a six-person team format.

The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association 12th Annual Red Drum Tournament was scheduled for Oct. 21 through 24, 2020. This is a fishing competition for individuals that starts at 12:01 a.m. on a Thursday and ends at noon on Saturday. For 2020, the tournament is canceled.

Two other tournaments usually happen in the fall.

The Capital City Four Wheelers Annual Surf Fishing Tournament is the one tournament that remains on the schedule so far.

The 35th annual tournament is set for Oct. 17 and 18 and will proceed without in-person meetings.

Updated information will be available online on Facebook and group’s website.

Packet pick-up that Saturday morning will be a structured drive-through pick-up and will be held in the parking lot north of Dillon’s Corner. Participants are asked to wear a mask.

Door prizes, normally drawn and given away Saturday morning, will be pre-drawn on Friday evening and stapled to packets for pick up on Saturday. All other door prizes, normally drawn and given away on Sunday morning, will be drawn Saturday afternoon. Winners will receive a phone call. Drawings will be live streamed on Facebook.

Fish weigh-ins will still occur on the beach at Ramps 34 and 44. All participants are asked to practice social distancing and wear a mask during all interactions with club members closer than 6 feet. Weigh in on Sunday morning will also occur as normal.

The club will stream its weigh-in board live on Facebook. Winners will be alerted with a phone call and arrangement made for the winner to receive winnings.

The Fish-Like-A-Girl Charity Tournament takes place at the Avon Pier. The day-long contest is open only to ladies. Proceeds go to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. No decision has been made about this tournament.

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