- Published on Sunday, 08 April 2012 21:56
- Written by Super User
Mark your calendar for North Carolina’s premiere family fishing tournament – the 5th Annual Carteret Community College Foundation Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament to be held in Beaufort, N.C., Saturday, June 23. The annual event is for families and fishermen with smaller boats who like to fish closer to shore, with categories for Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Flounder, King Mackerel and Dolphin. “This is a fishing tournament the whole family can compete in with categories for masters, ladies, children, and of course men,” said Dr. Kerry Youngblood, president of Carteret Community College. “We have had families with boats come from all over Eastern North Carolina and as far away as Raleigh.”
The fishing tournament will be held at The Boathouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort, recently crowned “America’s Coolest Small Town.”“The Boathouse is serving as the tournament sponsor and what a great place to host a fishing tournament,” Dr. Youngblood said. “The Boathouse at Front Street Village is more than just a marina, it is the former site of one of the largest Menhaden fishing fleets on the East Coast that dates back more than 80 years.” Today, The Boathouse is a state-of-the-art, ecologically friendly dry storage marina complete with docking and fuel facilities, ship’s store, gift shop, pool and recreation area, and several party/meeting venues all located on scenic Taylor’s Creek. When completed, Front Street Village will be a nautical community featuring resort residential properties and Beaufort style cottages. The Inn at Front Street Village will offer five-star accommodations to visitors, along with conference space and guest amenities.
“Two years ago, we had a 21-year-old young lady haul in the winning Spanish Mackerel,” said Ken Eiler, chairman of the 2012 tournament, and board member on the CCC Foundation. “Early summer is a great time for fishing around Beaufort Inlet with the big schools of Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel swimming close to shore. It makes for a great day of fishing for the whole family.”
Last year, Richard Hall caught the winning Spanish Mackerel that weighed 6.45 lbs. and was awarded the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Citation by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. The largest Dolphin weighed 26.92 lbs., and was landed by angler Stewart Dudley. In all, more than 75 boats participated in last year’s tournament, with more than $5,000 being paid out in awards and prizes.
The tournament begins Friday, June 22, with a Captains’ Social at The Boathouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort from 5 pm to 8 pm, and then the fishing starts at 6 am, Saturday, June 23, with the weigh-in running from 1 pm to 3 pm., and an awards party at 3:30 pm.
FAMILY FISHING TOURNAMENT //2-2-2-2 - Major sponsors include The Boathouse at Front Street Village, the Carteret County News-Times, Metro Magazine Raleigh, Live and Local-Thunder Country 96.3, and WITN TV.