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32nd Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

September 30th to October 2nd at the Southport Marina

September 13, 2010 – Thirty-two 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 the United States attracting 453 boats in 2009. 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 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, Gregory Poole Marine, add almost 50 more supplementary cash prizes to the event.

Don’t fish??? There’s still plenty of excitement going on at the Southport Marina. Thursday and Saturday nights there will be entertainment. Enjoy your favorite tunes on Thursday night from 4pm-8pm and Saturday night “The Beach Boogie & Blues Show featuring DJ Rock” will get the crowd dancing from 4:30pm-7pm. Saturday is also a great time to come out and enjoy a good old-fashioned fish fry as the Brunswick County Shriners serve up a heaping fishplate with all the fixings for just $7.00 beginning at 3pm.

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 some refreshments, 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 1st & 2nd at the Southport Marina, Southport North Carolina with registration on Thursday, September 30th 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.


32nd Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

An event of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce

Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina

September 30th

  • Registration 10am-12midnight
  • Karaoke & DJ Entertainment -4pm-8pm
  • Captain’s Meeting – 7pm

October 1st & 2nd

  • Fishing

October 2nd

  • Fish Fry – 3pm-7pm
  • Awards Ceremony – 7pm
  • “Beach Boogie & Blues Show Featuring DJ Rock” & Refreshments – 4:30pm-7:00pm

First Place - $25,000 Cash - Guaranteed Payout

100 cash prizes totaling over $100,000

2009 Total Cash Awarded - $154,795

2009 Tournament Winners -  $42,900

  • Larry Deal –Captain
  • Crew: Eric Deal, Lee Skipper & Donnie Elkins

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