In the fall of 1957, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament was formed in Buxton, Hatteras Island in North Carolina. Eighty one people came together and created this tournament with one thing in their mind – to enhance the economy by supporting the local tourism. Other than that, the place became well known to the world itself, most especially among competitive anglers. It was decided that the 2-day tournament was to be held annually during the month of November.
To qualify for this tournament, six members for each team are given an invitation. One member shall be appointed as team captain. A total of 120 teams are selected for Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. Each team will have to fish twice in chosen areas. It includes both a morning session as well as an afternoon session during Thursday and Friday. However, if the competition fails to meet 120 teams, it will turn to teams who have made the waiting list by filling up an application form and securing an entry fee worth $450. Due to a limited number of slots, it is not easy for teams from the waiting list to enter as it can take years for some.
A separate tournament titled Bob Bernard Open Individual Tournament is featured on Saturday and is open to anyone who wants to fish. Ever since then, the tournament has sought much popularity, even making waves to the Guinness World Book Record. It then gained the title “the Largest Surf Fishing Tournament in the World”. Aside from that, the tournament has tied up with many business advertisements and equipment companies. Since 2004, membership at the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club has grown to 811 members and is still growing.
Please go and have a look at their website for more details: http://www.capehatterasanglersclub.org/