To Do List…Labor Day Edition

1. Catch an amazing Hatteras Island sunrise or…sleep in.

2. Head to the beach with dear friends, family, and Fido.
3. Beachcomb for seashells and seaglass.
4. Play a game of horseshoes, cornhole, or frisbee.
5. Grill delicious burgers for lunch.
6. Read a good book.
7. Take photos and video of the day’s events (and post to Surf or Sound’s Facebook page).
8. Go fishing! Be sure to check out what everyone has been catching here.
9. Initiate a sandcastle building contest.
10. Watch the sunset with a delicious drink in hand!


Picture of the Week

There’s nothing like heading out to the shore with a rod and reel in hand and casting out right from the beach. With intersecting currents and miles of beaches, Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks offers a world of exceptional surf fishing, and novice and experienced anglers alike can find amazing record setting catches just by casting from Cape Hatteras’ 70 miles of national seashore.

Picture submitted on Facebook by Sharon Collins.


The 2011 Red Drum Fishing Tournament

The third annual Red Drum Fishing tournament is currently being held on Hatteras Island till tomorrow (October 22nd at 4pm). The event is organized by the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) and is headquartered at Frank and Fran’s tackle shop located in Avon. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Methodist Men’s Hatteras Relief Fund (Buxton, NC) in support of the Hurricane Irene recovery. In addition NCBBA is sponsoring “Toys for Tots” at registration for children of Hatteras Island.

There are 250 fishermen participating in the tournament which started at 12:01am on Thursday (October 20th). There are participants from 15 states ranging from Texas to Massachusetts. On the first day 10 drum were caught and 9 out of those 10 were citation size fish. Matt Burleigh caught the largest drum so far at 50″. A total of 22 drum were caught up to today ranging anywhere from 19″ to 50″. Two anglers caught three drums each so far. No female or junior catches have been reported yet.
Danny Fletcher is leading the blue fish division with his catch being 16.25″ long. George Mood is leading the sea mullet division with a 1lb 6oz catch.
Updates are being made every 6 hours and you can call Frank and Fran’s tackle shop for details at 252-995-4171.


Hatteras Island Anglers Set To Participate In The 28th Annual Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament

Fishing, fun and friends – that’s what the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament is all about! The 28th annual event is set to take place August 15th through August 19th in Manteo.

This world class event is shaping up to be another spectacular tournament for anglers! Top prize money is a whopping $850,000 based on 120 entries. A lot of anglers set out with hopes to break the 1,228.5 lb. State Record Blue Marlin caught during the 25th Anniversary of the tournament!

The weekend leading up to the tournament is all about the ladies! The 22nd Annual Alice Kelly Tournament will be held August 14th. The tournament doubles as a fund raiser for the Outer Banks Support Cancer Group. With an entry fee of $500 per boat, it is a great way to have fun and help out our community!

The 28th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament will undoubtedly be a week of fishing, entertainment and activities to be shared with friends to create lasting memories on the Outer Banks. Hatteras Island is home to world class fishing, and Surf or Sound Realty wishes everyone participating in the tournament the best of luck!


Outer Banks Anglers Set to Participate in 53rd Annual Big Rock Tournament

The 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is happening June 10th-18th along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Big Rock is a modified release tournament targeting blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Gamefish levels include dolphin, tuna and wahoo. This six-day event will bring out hundreds of the best fishermen in the world, all hoping to take home part of a cash purse that exceeds more than $1 million – a huge difference from the original Big Rock purse of 250 silver dollars!

The waters off the coast of the Outer Banks and along the coastline of North Carolina are notorious for their record breaking blue marlin catches. Did you know there was a time when the existence of blue marlins along the coastline was purely a myth? Residents in Moorehead City, NC had been told many tales by sailors about the blue marlin, and eventually decided to find out for themselves if they existed or not. In the summer of 1957, the small town raised a small cash prize and a small charter boat fleet headed out in hopes of catching the elusive fish. During that summer, many captains claim to have spotted the marlins, but none were ever caught. That all changed September 14th when Raleigh angler, Jimmy Croy, snagged a 143-pound blue marlin aboard the Mary Z. The crew radioed in their catch, and by the time they pulled into port the small town had gathered to greet them with an impromptu parade and a wagon full of silver dollars! For more Big Rock history, click here.

Last year, 155 boats fished the waters off Morehead City, North Carolina and competed for a record purse of $1,658,450. This year looks like it’s shaping up to be an even bigger event, with the 14th Annual Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Event kicking off the festivities the evening of June 10th. For the complete schedule of events, click here.

Local boats Hunter and Qualifier, both from Manteo, and Sea Creature from Hatteras have already registered and are gearing up for the tournament. On Big Rock’s website you can listen to the captains throughout the day via their boat radios. At the end of the day they also have live feed of the boats coming in to weigh, which you can watch here.

The Big Rock is a non-profit tournament and has donated over $2,300,000 dollars to charity and worthy organizations. Randy Ramsey, board of directors President says, “Our goal is to offer participants the finest sportfishing tournament experience while helping support Big Rock’s many worthwhile charities.”

For more information on the Big Rock tournament, click here.
For a list of retailers selling this years Big Rock T-shirt, click here.
Watch last year’s weigh-in video here.


17th Annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

The 17th annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open kicked off Wednesday and wrapped up today with thirty-four boats on the open waters.

Forecasters were calling for cloudy skies and and a pretty good chance of the thunderstorms, but sunny skies and warm weather prevailed for the anglers.

Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different categories.

HVOO started in 1994 and has become a unique tournament enjoyed by local captains and fisherman, as well as visitors who all share a love for Hatteras waters.

Be part of some of these tournaments coming up:

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament June 10-18

Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament June 19-25

Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament July 8-9