27th Anniversary U.S. Open
King Mackerel Tournament

Press Release

September 23, 2005 - Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Twenty-seven years ago a group of forty community leaders met and decided thatU.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. The $10,000 first place prize money for the first tournament was guaranteed by those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution - thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament now attracts over 500 boats annually and is held in high esteem by the community and anglers. An all CASH GUARANTEED prize structure adds to the enjoyment of the event. The tournament guarantees its entire prize structure; it is not based on the number of boats that participate. The tournament pays 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel. Additional cash prizes are added to the event by sponsors such as the Primary Sponsor, Southport Marina and Grand Patron sponsor, Dosher Memorial Hospital. The tournament is also on the Captain Jimmy Price’s Top Dog Saltwater Tournament trail. 

As a thank you to all the anglers who support this tournament, each entry will receive a windjacket (retail value of $35.00).


Don’t fish??? There’s still plenty of excitement going on. Thursday night there will be entertainment by Brent & Mike Acoustic Duo. Friday is always exciting as the boats rush to checkout between 7:00am-9:00am at Lockwood Folly Inlet, N.C. Baptist Assembly Pier at Fort Caswell, Shallotte, Masonboro Inlet and Snows Cut. It really heats up between 3:00pm and 4:00pm when the boats line up to weigh in before the deadline. Have a refreshment, buy a T-shirt and enjoy the fun. Saturday’s fishing is over at 4:00pm and is followed by a Fish Fry, refreshments, entertainment by The II Reel Band and the Awards Ceremony.


This year's tournament will be held September 29-October 1, 2005. Complete tournament coverage is available on our website, www.usopenkmt.com, or contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4841 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461. 910-457-6964 or 800-457-6964 or e-mail us at events@southport-oakisland.com.

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