Annually, member's notable catches and their service to the club for the previous year are recognized at our awards banquet. It's a fun evening at a local restaurant including a social hour, dinner, a local area special guest master-of-ceremonies, and the presentation of well deserved awards.
Each year's catch records are maintained and awards are reported by the club weighmaster. Club service awards are determined by the club president and board of directors. Awards are presented at the banquet in the following categories.
Fish of the Month
Member's catches which are at least 75% of the North Carolina citation program size can be reported on a Multi-Use Catch Record Form. Each month the catch with the largest percentage is announced at the membership meeting.
"Slam" Catch Awards
A "slam" award is an acknowledgment of the accomplishment of catching a specific collection of different fish species in a particular category by one angler in a single season. Below are the OBAC "Slam" Categories. At least three of the five species listed must be caught for In-Shore, Near-Shore, Off-Shore, and Bottom, and at least two of the four species for Billfish, to receive the award.
In-Shore: Bluefish, Speckled Seatrout, Red Drum, Flounder, Striped Bass
Near-Shore: Cobia, Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Barracuda
Off-Shore: Dolphin, Wahoo, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna
Bottom: Triggerfish, Black Seabass, Tilefish, Grouper, Snapper
Billfish: White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish
Angler of the Year
An award recognizing an angler's catch achievements for the year in the waters of or off-shore from North Carolina. The objective and transparent methodology for determining the recipient is contained in the link below.
Member of the Year
An award presented to a deserving member for service to the club during the previous year as selected by the president after receiving recommendations from the board of directors.
A special, occasional award available to be presented by the president to recognize distinctive service to the club.
Club Largest-Size Catch Record Table
The weightmaster maintains a record of the largest-size of each species of fish caught by members. These "club records" are contained in a table which can be viewed by clicking on the link below.