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34th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament October 4th, 5th & 6th At Southport Marina

2011 Winners - U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

August 13, 2012 - Southport, NC - Thirty-four 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 was 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, 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 Southport Marina. Thursday and Saturday nights there will be entertainment. Enjoy your favorite tunes on Thursday night from 4pm-8pm and Saturday night from 4:30pm-7pm. Saturday is also a great time to come out and enjoy a good old-fashioned fish fry 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 5th & 6th at the Southport Marina, Southport North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 4th from 10am until midnight.

Tournament details are available on our website, www.usopenkmt.com, or for a brochure contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461. 910-457-5787 or 800-457-6964 or e-mail us at events@southport-oakisland.com.



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