“I bet I catch a bigger fish than you!”

That’s a common battle cry around Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head this month, as two family-oriented tournaments set the scene for Fishing, Family and Fun.

First off, Jennette’s sponsors its 8th Annual Family Fishing Tournament from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 , with lines in the water from 8 a.m. to noon. Our blanket license covers all anglers.

Past tournaments have attracted more than 75 participants who compete for the longest fish in about 10 game fish categories including blues, croaker, drum, flounder, sheepshead, spot, trigger, and trout. Entry fee is $15 for adults; $8 for children 12 and younger.

Volunteer judges measure the fish and record length. After the session, all the scores are totaled and the winners are named during a short awards ceremony. There are also door prizes compliments of East Carolina Radio, Inc. and Nags Head Pizza Company. Trophies and rod and reel combos will be awarded to the winners, compliments of Jennette’s Pier.

For more information, call Tournament Director Daryl Law at 252-255-1501, ext. 202.

Youth Tourney

The second tournament is for children only. The annual Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club is hosted by four ocean fishing piers – Avalon, Nags Head, Jennette’s and Outer Banks on Wednesday, June 20. Again, each of these piers has a blanket license to cover all anglers.

In addition, all fees are waived that day. Boyden was a huge proponent of taking children fishing and this event celebrates his legacy. A picnic lunch and awards ceremony follows the morning of fishing. The times and format are the same as the Family Fishing Tournament.

For additional information, call Tournament Director Tony Garrett at (252) 202-4862.

Fishing 101

For those looking for a great way to get out on the water and learn the basics of fishing, try our Family Fishing program offered every weekend of June, weather permitting. Everything you need to have fun in the sun fishing is included: rod and reel, tackle, bait, instruction and license.


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