2019 Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament
by Jessie S.
Now that Fall is approaching, fisherman will be flocking to the shore to try their luck at reeling in that big catch. While many come to the area to chase the red drum, plenty of other migratory species are swimming south for the season through the warmer waters providing anglers a better chance at a successful cast. If you enjoy a good competition and are looking for a real fishing challenge this fall, register to enter the 2019 Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament!
This year, Seaside Vacations is sponsoring the 2019 Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament—an awesome kayak-based photo catch & release fishing competition hosted by Kitty Hawk Surf Co. in Nags Head. Registration is only $50 and you can compete from anywhere on the Outer Banks within the water boundaries (listed below). The competition runs a full day on Saturday and most of the day on Sunday September 14th - September 15th so there is plenty of time to compete.
The species sought for this tournament are flounder, speckled trout and red drum. Prizes will be given out in the Slam series, individual series, and “sea monster” category (for non-tournament species). Kitty Hawk Surf Co. partners with sportswear and boating brands to provide awesome prizes for winners in each category… but you also get bragging rights, of course! At the conclusion of the tournament, a post-event cookout at Kitty Hawk Surf Co. will feature an awards ceremon along with fun games, a prize raffle, and great food.
Need a Place to Stay?
If you’re competing in this year’s competition and need a place to stay, Seaside Vacations has you covered! Choose from a full selection of rental homes from Corolla to Hatteras Island and since the tournament takes place in the water, you can stay in whichever town is your favorite! If you’re bringing your whole family along, we have large luxury homes with up to 10 bedrooms but for the smaller groups, we have several 1 and 2-bedroom condos and small beach cottages, many of which are right on the water making it easier than ever to launch your personal watercraft.
We are currently running a special September promotion to make it easier than ever to book a place to stay during the tournament. Call us at (833) 986-0638 or book online using promocode SEPTEMBER19 at checkout to save 10% off your September reservation rate!* Click here to browse participating rentals.
*Offer is valid on new reservations for weeklong stays with arrivals between 9/1/19 and 9/27/19, and for participating homes only. Offer may not be combined with any other offers or discounts.
2019 Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament
Event: 6th Annual Outer Banks Kayak Fishing Tournament hosted by Kitty Hawk Surf Co. and Sponsored by Seaside Vacations
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 – Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Tournament runs from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Saturday and 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sunday
Location: Outer Banks wide
Boundaries: Kayaks must be kept in between the following boundaries: North: Wright Memorial Bridge, South: Hatteras Inlet, East: one (1) mile offshore, West: Currituck and Manns Harbor shoreline.
Tournament Qualifications: Slam division is one (1) of each tournament species: Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum. Prizes are favored based on fulfilling each species over length. Entries submitted for Slam division may not also be entered in individual categories. Anglers can only place once in each individual division. The “Sea Monster” category will be awarded to the angler who catches the most unique fish (separate from tournament species). Wading is prohibited. Personal flotation devices MUST be worn. Click here to read the detailed tournament and submission rules.
- September 13 (Friday): Captain’s Meeting (mandatory for all competitors) at 6:00 PM (Kitty Hawk Surf Co. at MP 12.5)
- September 14 (Saturday): Competition – 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST
- September 15 (Sunday): Competition – 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST; Awards Banquet – 5:00 PM (Kitty Hawk Surf Co. at MP 12.5)
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in each category with an award to the “sea monster” category chosen by the tournament director.
Cost: $50 to register for the tournament. You can register online or at Kitty Hawk Surf Co. in person.
For more information, visit https://www.kittyhawk.com/event/obx-kayak-fishing-tournament/.
Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.