28th Anniversary U.S. Open
King Mackerel Tournament

Press Release

September 17, 2006 - Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Twenty-eight years ago a group of forty community leaders met and decided thatU.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Logo they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. Those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution guaranteed the $10,000 first place prize money for the first tournament - thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born.

The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament now attracts around 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. Lots of cash to win! The tournament pays 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel. Sponsors such as the Primary Sponsor, Southport Marina and Grand Patron sponsors, Alltel, BEMC, Dosher Memorial Hospital and Star News, add over 60 supplementary cash prizes to the event.

Don’t fish??? There’s still plenty of excitement going on. Thursday night there will be entertainment by Scearce and Ketner-Caribbean Pirate Rock. 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, Little River Inlet, Masonboro Inlet and Snows Cut. The action really heats up between 3:00pm and 4:00pm when the boats line up to weigh in before the scales close. Have refreshment, buy a T-shirt and enjoy the fun. Saturday’s fishing is over at 4:00pm and is followed by a food, refreshments, entertainment by Jimmy’s Hometown Entertainers – Captain Jimmy Price Comedy and Music and the Awards Ceremony.

This year's tournament will be held October 6th & 7th at the Southport Marina, Southport North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 5th from 10am until midnight.

Complete tournament coverage is available on our website, www.usopenkmt.com, live updates on ROCK 104.5FM 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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