Anglers seek big drum in Mulford Memorial tournament

By on September 16, 2019

BY JENNETTE’S STAFF

Leanna Creasey of Concord, Va. caught and released this 33 – inch red drum with some assistance of her son Brian, also pictured. Pier Director Mike Remige captured this image just before they released it back into the sea at Jennette’s Pier.

Take your chance at winning a 13 – foot long heaver by Nick’s Custom Rods coupled with a Daiwa Saltist 20H valued at $900 by catching the longest red drum in the 9th Annual Jim Mulford Memorial Red Drum Tournament held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head Saturday, Sept. 28.

A second category, Open and Slot Drum, was added this year to make room for more fishing fun and prizes. Jim Mulford’s widow, Barbara, again this year plans to award the longest fish winner of the Open and Slot category an annual pass valued at $300.

Each of the big prizes will be given away that day no matter what, says Tournament Director Daryl Law.

“If no one catches a big red drum, we’ve decided to let the angler’s registered for that category to put their wrist bands with their names written on it inside a bucket for a drawing to determine the winner,” he said.

“And Mrs. Mulford has agreed to not only buy the Annual Pass for the Open and Slot Drum category but she’s also going to draw the lucky wrist band with name for the Red Drum category if needed,” Law added. “The angler’s name must be on the wrist band.”

The date of the tournament is based on past drum seasons and when big drum were biting the most, he added and offered these details:

Rick Probst of Kill Devil Hills holds up a nice red drum he caught at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

Red Drum category – longest total length red drum (27 plus inches) wins first place. Cost $25 for adults or $15 for children (12 & under). Anglers must land the fish alive and the pier judges will measure length and girth, score the catch and then the angler must release it alive.

Open and Puppy Drum (18 to 27 inches) – longest legal length fish each species listed below. Cost for $20 adults and $10 for children (12 & under). Anglers must land the fish alive and pier judges will measure length and girth, score the catch and then the angler is requested to release fish alive but it’s not mandatory.

Open categories include slot-sized puppy drum, black drum, bluefish, cobia, croaker, false albacore, flounder, northern puffer, pigfish, pinfish, pompano, sea mullet, sheepshead, spadefish, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, spot, striped bass, triggerfish and speckled trout.

Anglers can enter one or both categories. Printed copies of the rules are available at the front counter the day of the event.

Anglers can register online today or come by the front counter inside the pier house. Registration will also be open the morning of the event until 11 a.m. A variety of prizes and trophies will be given at awards ceremony, which will be held following the event at 12:30 p.m.

For more, call Tournament Director Daryl Law at 252 255-1501, ext. 202. Because red drum like stormy weather, the tournament will be held rain or shine.

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