Second Time Around Wins $42,640 in
30th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
 

Press Release

October 11, 2008 Ė Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Gas shortages and market fluctuations didnít dampen the spirits at the 30th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, the premier event of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce held this past weekend at the newly renovated Southport Marina. A large crowd of spectators watched as 437 boats from 8 states tried to take home one of the 100 cashSecond Time Around Wins $42,640 in 30th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament prizes totally over $116,000 in the all guaranteed money tournament.

Second Time Around, Captain Robert Darin Smith, Boat Owner & Crewmember Buck Smith, Southport and Crewmember John Wrenn won top honors and bragging rights with a 40.20 pound king mackerel for a payoff of $42,640; while 2nd place and $20,584 went to Chris Edens, Sr. aboard the Sarah Jo from Wilmington, NC with a 39.40 pound king and the 38.20 pound king from Bryan Rowley aboard the Wonbyland came in 3rd place for $12,056.

Jerry Helms, Jr., 2008 Chairman thanked the participants, the volunteers, sponsors and foremost the staff and management of Southport Marina for their support. From its beginning 30 years ago when community leaders signed a promissory note guaranteeing the prize structure to event structure today, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament has strong community roots and a commitment to the anglers in providing a fun and safe event that everyone can enjoy.

Three hundred and five boats weighed fish over the two days fishing. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce. The Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce also supports the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association, South Brunswick High School Aquaculture program, Brunswick Community Foundation and an Aquaculture student scholarship at Brunswick Community College.

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