Tourism officials say the tournament has a huge economic impact on the area. From stores to restaurants to motels, business owners around Morehead City are working overtime to make sure all the necessary preparations are in place for one of their busiest weekends all year. Restaurant owners we talked to said they doubled their food and alcohol orders for the week to accommodate the thousands of people expected to visit the Morehead City waterfront to catch a glimpse of some big fish. Tourism officials say the amount of money spent on fuel, meals and hotel rentals during the tournament week rivals profits made during other big beach weekends, like the Fourth of July.
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