Youth Tournament

NOTICE: Due to the current health pandemic the Board  has decided to cancel the 50th Annual Fritz Boyden Youth Tournament in June of 2020. We hope to see you on the pier next year!


Fishing is from 8am -Noon and there are 2 Age Groups

Age categories are 4-9 and 10-16. Registration will be at the fishing pier of your choice on the morning of the tournament. There is no charge and each participant receives a T Shirt. The Awards ceremony takes place at 1:00 with the location to be announced at a later date

The Youth Tournament was started by Fritz Boyden who was a member of the Nags Head Surf fishing Club for over 30 years.  He was dedicated to fishing and everything that was a part of fishing.  He was known for saying “if you take your kids fishing, they will never get in trouble”.  1967, to further his belief that taking kids fishing teaches them some very important fact of life, he started the youth tournament for the NHSFC.  In the beginning it was a small event with just a few participants.  Each year the event has grown.

The 2019 Youth Tournament Was A Great Success!
This year’s Youth Tournament was a huge success thanks to Tony Garrett, Tournament Director,  and all of the pier Captains and Volunteers. The Award Ceremony at Pamlico Jacks went very smoothly thanks to Buster Newmaker, Mike Kelly and Maryann of Kelly’s Hospitality Group.

Although bad weather was predicted for our event day this year, we still had 234 participants from 11 different states, as well as our local competitors. When the dust settled, we had 12 winners from the Avalon pier, 8 from the Outer Banks pier, and 5 from Jennette’s pier.
Don’t forget the 50th Fritz Boyden Youth Tournament next year on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020.

2019 Youth Tournament Results

Overall Winners 4–9 Age Group

Mackenzie Santulla – BlueFish 15.5″
Nola Byrne – Trout 12″
Brooklyn Holder – Flounder 16″
Stella Bennett – Sea Mullet 16.5″
Declan Reilly – Croaker 9″
Becket Myers – Spot 8.5″
Becket Myers – Pig Fish 8″

Exemplary/Outstanding Catch
Kenyon Sweet – Blow Toad 6″
Nolan Burnar – Blow Toad 6″

Largest Fish Female
Stella Bennett – Sea Mullet 16.5″

Largest Fish Male
Barrett Eilert – Sea Mullet 13.25″

Overall Winners 10–16 Age Group

Vicky Merritt – Blue Fish 15.5″
Hannah McGowan – Trout 15″

Anthony Ivey – Flounder 18.75″
Dylan Jones – Sea Mullet 12.5″
Bowen Lesiewicz – Croaker 9.5″
Ethan Crowe – Spot 8.25″
Brennan Metz – Spade Fish 16″
Nicholas Anastasia – Pig Fish 8″
Joseph Webb – Pig Fish 8″

Exemplary/Outstanding Catch
Matthew O’Malley – Sheephead 15.625″
Kiley McGowan – Pompano 12.5″

Largest Fish Female
Ayva Holder – Flounder 16.5″

Largest Fish Male (and overall)
Anthony Ivey – Flounder 18.75″

Largest Fish Overall
Anthony Ivey – Flounder 18.75″