“I bet I catch a bigger one than you!” is a common claim you’ll hear around Jennette’s Pier this month as two half-day fishing tournaments are scheduled.

Around 75 anglers are expected to attend the 9th Annual Family Fishing Tournament set for 7 a.m. Saturday, June 8. Participants compete for first place prizes in around 12 categories.

In addition, help us celebrate World Ocean’s Day by joining the Pier-to-Pier beach cleanup that day starting at noon.

A second similar event, the Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament, begins early on Wednesday, June 19. Hosted by four ocean piers located in Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills, this competition gets children ages 4 to 16 out fishing for the day. The event is organizer and sponsored by the Nags Head Surf Fishing Club.

Catch and release is encouraged in both events so future generations can also enjoy fishing. Neither tourney scores skates, rays or sharks, so please return them to the sea unharmed.

Need gear to get tournament ready? Swing by The Pier Shop where you’ll find everything for fishing including hooks, line and sinkers. A wide variety of colorful Jennette’s Pier T-shirts are stocked up too.

One of the top sellers features the shape of a shark with an American Flag pattern inside of it. these would be great for July 4 celebrations.

Another gift neat item new this season are 4Ocean bracelets. For every one sold, 4Ocean pledges to remove one pound of trash from the ocean or beaches.

For more information on these events and others, visit jennettespier.net or call 252-255-1501. Good luck anglers!

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