30th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

October 2nd – 4th @ Southport Marina

September 19, 2008 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - Thirty 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. 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 is the largest king mackerel tournament in North Carolina attracting around 400 boats annually. An all CASH GUARANTEED prize structure adds to the enjoyment of the event. The tournament guarantees its entire prize structure; it is not U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Logobased on the number of boats that participate. Lots of cash and ways 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, BEMC, Dosher Memorial Hospital, add almost 50 more supplementary cash prizes to the event.

Don’t fish??? There’s still plenty of excitement going on at the newly remodeled Southport Marina. Thursday and Saturday nights there will be entertainment. Thursday night’s entertainment is DJ Rock Beach Boogie & Blues spin your favorite tunes from 4pm-8pm and Saturday night The Fat Jack Band will get the crowd dancing from 4pm-7pm & 8pm-9pm. Saturday is also a great time to come out and enjoy a good old-fashioned fish fry. The Brunswick County Shriners will be serving $7.00 fish plates beginning at 4pm.

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, Masonboro Inlet and Snows Cut. The action really heats up between 3:00pm and 4:00pm when the boats line up to weigh in at Southport Marina before the scales close. Have refreshment, buy a T-shirt and enjoy the fun. Saturday’s fishing is over at 4:00pm with the awards ceremony at 7pm.

This year's tournament will be held October 3rd & 4th at the Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 2nd from 10am until midnight.

Complete tournament coverage is available on our website, www.usopenkmt.com, live updates on ESPN 360 AM or contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4841 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461. 910-457-5787 or 800-457-6964 or e-mail us at events@southport-oakisland.com.


30th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
An event of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce

Southport Marina,
Southport, North Carolina

October 2nd – Registration 10am-12midnight
Entertainment (DJ Rock Beach, Boogie & Blues) – 4pm-7pm
Captain’s Meeting – 7pm

October 3rd & 4th – Fishing

October 4th
Fish Fry – 4pm-7pm
Awards Ceremony – 7pm
Entertainment (The Fat Jack Band) & Refreshments – 8pm-9pm

First Place - $25,000 Cash - Guaranteed Payout - 100 cash prizes totaling over $100,000

Last Year’s Winner - Charles W. Fisher & Crew from Eden, NC aboard Teezer with a 41.35 pound fish for total winnings of $40,660

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