Bald Head Island Fishing Rodeo Attracts
Crews From Across North Carolina

Press Release

June 9, 2005 – Bald Head Island, North Carolina (NC) - Bald Head Island’s 14th annual Fishing Rodeo, held June 3-4 on Bald Head Island, attracted 29 boats and crews from across North Carolina to compete for the top prize.

"This year’s fishing rodeo was an exciting and close competition," said Trisha Howarth, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Director for Bald Head Island Limited. "And the gorgeous waters around Bald Head Island were the perfect setting in which to enjoy the competition and camaraderie of a fishing tournament.”

Captain David Marshall and crew of Carolina Beach, fishing aboard Musicman, reeled in the first-place prize of $8,571.43. The winning catch weighed in at 338.55 pounds.

Second-place winner Captain D. Pierce and crew aboard the Blue Marlin won $4,285.71 for their 249.80 pound catch, and third-place prize of $2,571.43 went to Captain Ben Smith and crew, fishing aboard Stream Weaver.

The billfish “tournament within a tournament” tag and release competition — where sail fish, blue, and white marlin are tagged and release — was also held this weekend. Captain Doyle Parish, aboard the Marquesa, was first to reach the number of points necessary to win the tournament and receive the $1,980.00 prize. Second place and $1,188.00 went to Captain Ben Smith aboard Stream Weaver, while the third place prize of $792.00 went to Captain Robbie Jones aboard Musicman.

This year’s competition saw a large number of Lady and Junior Anglers competing in their respective categories for heaviest fish. Leslie Smith aboard Reel Quick took the Lady Anger trophy by reeling in a 44.4 pound wahoo. Kyle Zipter aboard Implusive earning the Junior Angler trophy by reeling in a 23.7 pound dolphin.

Catches from the two-day event totaled 3,140.35 pounds combined in all categories. The average weight of the 156 fish caught during the tournament was 20.13 pounds.

Sponsored by Bald Head Island Limited, the annual Bald Head Island fishing rodeo has become one of the area’s top-rated spring tournaments. Next year’s Bald Head Island Fishing Rodeo will be held on June 1-3.

Bald Head Island is a vacation and second-home destination located two miles off the southeastern coast of North Carolina. Bald Head Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Indigo Plantation and Marina in Southport, NC. Open to the public, the island features 800 homes, including condominiums and single-family residences, and nearly 200 year-round residents. The island also includes a 10-acre marina and a championship golf course in one of the East Coast’s most pristine cape island environments. To experience the exceptional nature of Bald Head Island, visit

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