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3rd Annual Johnny Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

Saturday 1-19-08

9:00 am – 5:00 pm



Location: Mercer’s Pier, Wrightsville Beach



Cost: 5.00 per rod for the tournament. (Normal per rod pier ticket must be purchased separately.)



Prizes: Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Door Prizes to be raffled at end of tournament. (Must Be Present To Win)



We are proud to announce our 3rd annual dogfish tournament. Please join us for an afternoon of family fun. This event is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy a day of fun and fishing. Bring as many rods as you would like to fish. 5 dollar per rod entry fee applies for each rod entered. Normal per rod pier ticket must be purchased separately. Only fish caught on the pier are eligible for weigh in. This tournament is for Smooth and Spiny dogfish. Either one is eligible to win. This is a “Catch and Release” tournament. All rods, bait, and tackle are the responsibility of the participant. Rods and reels can be purchased or rented at the pier. Tackle and bait can be purchased at the pier as well if need be.



Please make plans now to attend the 3rd Annual Johnny Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament. Together, we can continue to make this a success.
 

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Ok guys, this isn't a big tourney like the striper tourney y'all just came back from. This started as a way for all of us who fish together all season to get together in the "off season". I think we only had 30 or so enter last year. This is a laid back, relaxed tourney that is more fun then work. It is a nice way to break the winter blues. If you have any questions, I will be here to answer. Hope to get a chance to meet some of you. All money collected as entry fee goes back to the 3 cash prizes. That post was a copy of the public ad that we have. I am sure that none of you guys are going to be heading to the pier to buy a rod and reel for the tourney...... LOL

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Guys, the trick to winning a dogfish tourney follows..

Option A = Find the self admitted LEAST experienced angler you can find. Show them the "Secret bait you specially ordered" (cut squid)....give them a thick boat rod that can handle just about anything....show them how to drop a conventional (this is where you require patience...they will birdnest everytime you turn around)...and watch the success

Option B= Find a roughly 30-35 aged man who claims to fish every other day of the week and twice on sundays. Ask him a general fishing question and watch as he talks about utter nonsense for 8 minutes and 31 seconds...Proceed to tell him the elusive dogfish are running and that he seems good enough to reign them in...watch as he catches dog fish after dog fish using that special cut bait nobody else can find..

Repeat these steps for 8 hours and you officially can work on a head boat in the summer!!
But in all seriousness, I think a dogfish tourney would be kind of fun!! Good luck to ya
 

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Trophies Donated

OK guys, this just in:

The North Carolina Fishing Pier Society is graciously providing trophies for the top 3 finishers. Thanks "roadkillal", Al, for making this happen for us.

Thanks to Al and his relationship with the NCFPS, this will be our first year that we have trophies for the top 3. Thanks again Al.:fishing:
 

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The first to train it to go fetch a red..... Seriously, it will be based on weight. If 2 are caught weighing the same, the one caught first will win. Time and weight for all fish will be recorded....

Robert
 

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Robert I'll be there if I'm back from my hunting trip north... will drag Jesse and the "portly one" down with me if I make it... :D
 

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Yes, the pier will be charging the normal fee of 8$ per rod. This means that each rod fished in the tournament will cost 13 dollars. 8 for the pier pass, and 5 for the entry fee that is accessed per rod. We thought about trying to get the owners to lower the pier ticket rate, but they have worked with us in providing GENEROUS gift certificates in the past, the point seemed mute. Last year, the Pier donated a 100$, 75$, and 50$ gift certicifates to be won as door prizes. We honestly thought about asking for the price to be dropped to 5 dollars a rod, but with contributions to this tournament such as that, why look a gift horse in the mouth. 3 more "door prizes" were more valuable then 3 dollars to most all of us.

If the future proves that the Pier is less enthusiastic about helping with "door prizes", then of course we will attempt to reach a compromise with prices. I will add this, in the last couple of years, I have noticed that most piers that I have gone to have started charging within a dollar of Mercer's to fish. I don't like the trend, but it is there.
Robert
 

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Thanks Kingfeeder,
One more question, I've never been to Wrightsville Beach, can anybody suggest a decent cheap hotel? Looks like I might be making a run down.
 

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I am at the Silver Gull looking at Mercer's. Dogfish today like crazy. Here are the rates:

$70, $80. $100 depending on the view you want.

I have made my reservation for the 19th, I have the only room booked.
 

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Tournament

I think if all goes as planned we will head down and fish the tournament. There will be 3 of us unless I can talk BStarling and Luvs2fish to join us. That will bump it up to 5.

Darin
 

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Bill,

Get all of your honeydos done and plan on fishing the Dogfish tournament.

Quit thinking!!! That always gets you in trouble!!!!

We can all go out to eat afterwards and have a few :beer:!!!!!
 

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We can all go out to eat afterwards and have a few :beer:!!!!!

:fishing:

Well I caught Doggies during the Drum tourney, I caught Doggies during the Striper tourney, I wonder what I'll catch now? :confused:

I'm about 75% committed to joining ya. If I do, I'll be at the Silver Gull. I'll be interested in that meal :beer: out afterwards.
 
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