King Mackerel Tournament
23, 2005 - Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Twenty-seven years
ago a group of forty community leaders met and decided that 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
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
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