Focus on replenishing flounder at Flat Bottom Flounder Tournament

Local fishermen delivered loads of flounder to Dockside Restaurant in Wrightsville Beach Saturday. It was all for the Fifth Annual Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament.

Fish for Tomorrow, a program that focuses its efforts on replenishing the dwindling number of flounder left in the Cape Fear region, held the tournament. The caught fish are kept alive and donated to UNCW and NC State to use for breeding.

Founder Tim Barefoot said, “Every business along coastal communities in North Carolina are affected by good or bad fishing. Flounder fishing has taken a major dive, and as far as we’re concerned, it needs to be corrected.”

The biggest flounder caught during the tournament weighed 6.1 pounds.

The Got-Em-On Live Bait Club out of Carolina Beach won the Kay Crocker Award for good sportsmanship during this year’s tournament.

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