Photo submitted on Facebook by Andrew Rauen.
Did you know? The Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament started as a bet between Captains fishing offshore one day in 2005 in the prime of Marlin season off the Hatteras Coastline. Today, the tournament has become a successful Offshore Tournament that has tripled in size over the last 5 years.
The Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish tournament is not exclusive and welcomes everyone to participate regardless of fishing experience or boat style. The goal of the tournament is to highlight the excellent offshore billfish fishing in Hatteras during the summer season.
There are four levels that boats can enter. Level 1 is the Mandatory Billfish level for $300. Level II is the Additional Billfish level for $500. Level III is the Meat Fish level with $300 entry fee and Level IV is the Grand Slam Jackpot level for an additional $200. If a boat wants to fish all levels, the entry fee is $1300.
Thursday night is the tournament registration and Captain’s meeting. Official tournament fishing occurs Friday and Saturday with the tournament culminating in the Awards Night on Saturday evening. For the latest tournament activity and to see which boat is winning, visit http://www.hatterasgrandslam.com/boats_activity.htm
On vacation this week? Head to Hatteras Harbor Marina in the heart of Hatteras village between 3:30 and 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday to watch the tournament boats come in, talk to the Captains and see what they bring to the docks! For more information about the Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament, visit www.hatterasgrandslam.com.
An adventurous, fun-filled day of offshore charter fishing starts at 6am when the boat leaves the dock and heads out to the gulfstream. The morning sunrise leaves a warm glow over the water as the mate gets the boat and bait prepared for a successful day of fishing.
The Hatteras charter boat Gambler, captained by Steve Garrett, took the top prize money in the 16th annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open Fishing Tournament. Fishing days were from Wednesday, May 12, through Saturday, May 15.
Just before noon on the last day of fishing, Gambler boated and brought to the dock the largest blue marlin for this year’s tournament, a 530-pounder caught by angler Wayne Wray. Continue reading
The above video was taken on board an inshore charter trip on the Got ‘Em charter boat on April 3rd. While cruising along Hatteras Island, a dozen dolphin approached, diving underneath and skimming the sides of the boat, and saying “hello” to the passengers on board. Video provided by Surf or Sound Realty.
For the past month, the bluefin bite has been outstanding off the cost of Hatteras Island. According to Ric Burnley, writer and frequent Hatteras Island fishermen, boats running to the edge of the Gulf Stream have been catching 100- to 200-pound bluefin by chunking, jigging, trolling – even throwing top water poppers. Continue reading
Local fishing reports excitedly spread the news, and anglers came from Manteo to Morehead City for what several classified as the greatest run of puppy drum in anyone’s memory. The drum were literally visible in the waves as giant red blobs, and many fishermen agreed it was something out of a surf angler’s dreams. Continue reading
Surf or Sound Realty wishes our Salvo Assistant Office Manager, Dana Wells, and her husband Jeff, the best of luck as they compete in the 5th Annual Wheels Reels Striper Showdown on Hatteras Island from December 4th-6th. Continue reading
The top spots are Oregon Inlet just north of Rodanthe, Cape Point in Buxton, and Hatteras Inlet. But no matter what stretch of beach, inshore or offshore, many fishermen are heading home happy, with their coolers full. Continue reading