Jim and Tammy Tobin, tournament organizers, would like to welcome you to the Pirates Cove Big Game Tournament Series website.
We are very excited about purchasing the tournament series and are looking forward to many years of operating and improving one of the World’s premier tournaments.
We are dedicated to continue the charitable work that has been the foundation of this tournament series. Since its inception, Pirates Cove Big Game Tournaments has donated nearly $800,000.00 dollars to charity including the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, North Carolina Community Foundation, Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, The Billfish Foundation, The Community Care Clinic, and Rotary International. Continuing this record of endowment defines the purpose of these fine tournaments.
Our first orders of business were to assemble a Board of Directors and to survey the fishing community about what changes needed to be made. What we heard, we heard loud and clear. Everyone wants the tournament to be more of a party and less of a trade show with more emphasis on family and friends. So let’s get the party started!
We will have a ladies day during the tournament, partnering with Bacardi, Baileys Jewelry and local dress shops we plan to offer mixology classes (sampling encouraged), a jewelry show and a fashion show for the ladies.
Then on Wednesday night, sporting your new clothes and jewelry, we will party till the cows come home with The Embers Band. This will be a Beach Party no one will want to miss. Friends, fun and family combined with good music, good food, captain and mate contests, and giveaways should keep the spirits up and the fun flowing.
We also heard an overwhelming majority of participants that wanted the rules to be changed to help level the playing field and give equal opportunity to both the experienced angler and the novice.
After careful consideration we have made the following changes,
- Any member of the crew may set the hook, but the rod must be passed immediately to a registered angler. The registered angler must then fight the fish unassisted. The rod may only be passed once.
- No person that has been a Captain or mate (for hire on a sportfish boat) or paid angler in the last 3 years can qualify as an angler. These simple yet effective changes will enable the experienced and novice angler to enjoy the tournament atmosphere and have the ability to remain competitive.
Through the collective participation of the fishermen, their family and friends, and the continuing support of our loyal corporate sponsors, the Pirates Cove Big Game Tournament Series will continue to deliver world class fishing tournaments in the best fishing grounds on the east coast.