The 41st Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is right around the corner. This year’s tournament will be October 3rd – 5th at the Southport Marina. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States and part of the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) Tournament Trail. In 2018, the tournament attracted 432 boats and paid out over $280,000. The Tournament has an all cash guaranteed prize structure that is not based on participation numbers. It pays 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel. There are also forty-one sponsors such as the Primary Sponsor, Southport Marina, and Grand Patron sponsors, BEMC, Wades Jewelers, Wilmington’s Big Talker & Garmin, and 36 more who add supplementary cash prizes to the event.
Two notable prizes include the Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes and Junior Angler Awards. The Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes are sponsored by Sea//Tow and Dosher Memorial Hospital. Each day a $1,000 Aggregate Prize will be given to the boat that catches the most poundage from combining the weights from two or three fish. The Aggregate Prize will be part of the Primary Prize Category.
During the Awards Ceremony, The Junior Angler Medals are sponsored by Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle and presented to all Junior Anglers (children age 14 and under) in the tournament. In addition, Junior Anglers will compete for Junior Angler Aggregate Cash Prizes.
The tournament will present the first 425 boats registered one Just Rigs Bag.
If you don’t fish, still come out and join the fun and entertainment on both Thursday and Saturday night. Thursday night catch The Big House Band from 4:00pm-7:00pm playing rock, blues, country and oldies. Island Fever will be taking the stage Saturday night from 4:30pm-7pm with a variety of your favorite tunes.
Food will be available for purchase on Saturday, from 11:00am-7:00pm Island Eatery Food Truck serving up Long Beach Basket – local Mahi $14, local shrimp – $15 and chicken -$12 (served with French fries or potato salad). Fried green tomatoes – $8.00 served with homemade pimento cheese, bacon crumbles and a side of ranch. Basket of Fries – $6.00 – add homemade pimento cheese and bacon $8.00. Funnel Cake Fries – $8.00 – coated in powdered sugar with a side of marshmallow dip. Special: Local smoked King Mackerel Dip served with crackers – $10.00. To quench your thirst, adult beverages sponsored by Adams Beverages, distributor of Anheuser-Busch beer, will also be available daily.
If you can’t make it to the tournament, make sure you check out PointClickFish.com streaming weigh-ins at the scales LIVE from the tournament on Friday from 2pm-5pm and Saturday from 2pm-4pm. You can pick up the link to the live feed at https://www.usopenkmtlive.com/
Friday morning from 7:00am-9:00am is a great time to watch the excitement as the boats rush to checkout at from the Cape Fear River, Little River Inlet, Holden Beach Marina, Masonboro Inlet, Sunset Harbor Wildlife Ramp and Snows Cut. The action really gets exciting 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 7:00pm.
This year’s tournament will be held October 4th and 5th at the Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 3rd 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 [email protected].
41st Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
One of the Largest King Mackerel Tournaments on East Coast
An event of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce
Southport, North Carolina