Fishing is a way of life for some in the NC Brunswick Islands. We often see the wooden shrimp boats plying the waters off the coast with their entourage of seagulls floating behind like so many kites. For those of us on shore the sight is picturesque and beautiful. For those on the boats it is their work. However, there are a number of recreational fishermen in the area as well. You see them fishing from the piers, surf fishing, casting for bait, fishing from boats and going to sea on charter fishing boats. Then there are the fishing tournaments. These usually begin in the spring and are held nearly every weekend through the fall. Fisherman enter these tournaments for the camaraderie of fishing with others and the hope of winning a prize. Her are a few upcoming tournaments:
The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/the-far-out-shoot-out-fishing-tournament/profile/)
This tournament is actually in process as it began on May 9, however, it runs through May 17. You only fish one out of the eight days and the awards ceremony and dinner will be held on Sunday at 1 PM at OIFC Wing & Fish Company – 4764 Main Street, Shallotte, NC . The next tournament to be held at the fishing center will be the Jolly Mon King Classic on June 20 – 22. (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/june/jolly-mon-king-classic/profile/) The Long Bay Artificial Reef Association and the Teaching Youth to Fish Association are both supported by this event.
The Rebel King Mackerel Tournament held at the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/rebel-king-mackerel-tournament/profile/)
This tournament will be held on May 17 – 18 and prizes will be awarded after 2 PM on the 18th.
The Oak Island Open Pier Fishing Tournament held on the Oak Island Pier and the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/oak-island-open-pier-fishing-tournament/profile/)
To be held on May 31 and June 1 on both piers on Oak Island, this tournament is coordinated by the Oak Island Recreation Department.