Surf fishing along the beaches of Hatteras is like no other anywhere else in the world.  Annually in September, the Hatteras Village Civic Association sponsors the Hatteras Villiage Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament with 70 teams participating.  The event is open to anyone interested in a fun filled weekend.  
This Year's Tournament Date
September 8 - 10, 2022

Rules and Regulations
  • A team shall consist of not more than 6 anglers.
  • One member of the team shall act as CAPTAIN and be responsible for correct scoring of fish. Formal protests can only be filed by the team captain.
  • No changes will be allowed to the score sheet once the team captain has signed it. So make sure it is correct before you sign it.
  • Float rigs, balloons, plastic bags, etc., will not be allowed. No cast nets to be used during session times.
  • Chumming or chum pots at any time during the two days are not permitted. Teams doing so will be disqualified.
  • Rods and reels — UNRESTRICTED; Lines — UNRESTRICTED; Sinkers —UNRESTRICTED.
  • Not more than two hooks are allowed on one line at any time with the exception of artificial lures with hooks according to manufacturer’s specifications.
  • All tournament fish must be caught on hook or lure and landed on the beach. Any fish may be gaffed by any member of the team providing the gaff is not more than 5 feet in length.
  • No lines are permitted to be in the water prior to the starting signal and must be reeled in at the stopping signal. All fish hooked prior to the stopping signal will be scored when beached.
  • Any fish beached which becomes hooked on loose line will not be scored.
  • Any fish hooked outside the boundaries of the team’s designated position will not be scored.
  • Fish shall be measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. The largest fish will be determined by length.
  • Winning teams shall be determined by the total number of points scored by the team.
  • In case of a tie in points, the winner shall then be determined by the total number of fish caught. If a tie still exists, the winner will be determined by a flip of a coin by the chief judge.
  • Any team with questionable fish, determined so by the decision of the chief judge, will be disqualified from the competition.
  • NOTE: The rules governing this tournament were compiled not for the purpose of telling team members what they should or should not do but to try to establish a set of rules that would be fair to all anglers and to give all a chance to win on equal footing.
  • The HATTERAS VILLAGE CIVIC ASSOCIATION trusts that the rules will be accepted in good faith by all registered anglers.

Registration Form

To obtain a registration form click here.  Print the form, fill in the appropriate information and return it along with entrance fee of $420 per team to:

HVCA Surf Fishing Tournament
PO Box 457
Hatteras, NC  27943

Photo Archives of Previous Tournaments:
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 Storm 2012 2013 2014


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