43rd Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
September 30th – October 2nd at Brunswick County’s Dutchman Creek Park
CONTACT: Karen Sphar, Executive Vice President, (910) 457-5787
SOUTHPORT, NC – The 43rd Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is right around the corner. This year’s tournament will be September 30th – October 2nd at Brunswick County’s Dutchman Creek Park. 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 2020, the tournament attracted 521 boats and paid out over $359,775. 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 thirty-six sponsors such as the Grand Patron sponsors, BEMC, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle, Garmin, Hamilton Realty Group EXP Realty, and Mosquito Joe of Southeastern NC – with 27 more who add supplementary cash prizes to the event.
Two notable prizes include the Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes, Senior Angler, 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 by combining the weights from two or three fish. The Aggregate Prize will be part of the Primary Prize Category.
The tournament organizers, the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced its location change from the Southport Marina. The Southport Marina is open (fuel and transient docks have opened) but dock reconstruction continues from damage sustained during Hurricane Isaias in 2020. The marina may be fully restored soon but it will not be ready to host this year’s tournament. The tournament hopes to return to Southport Marina in 2022.
Registration – Early Bird Registration – Online, postmarked or at Chamber’s Welcome Center by midnight on Friday, September 17th. Online Registration – Available until 11pm on September 28th. Onsite Registration – September 30th from 10am-9pm at Dutchman Creek Park (4750 Fish Factory Road).
Packet Pickup – All registrants must come to Packet Pickup at Dutchman Creek Park between 10am-9pm on Thursday, September 30th. Salty Dawgs – Coastal Carolina Party Band will perform at the Park from 4pm-7pm. The Captain’s Meeting will be held in person and virtually on Thursday, September 30th at 7pm at Dutchman Creek Park or on www.usopenkmtlive.com It is strongly advised that all captains tune in or attend this meeting, as any rule changes or necessary clarifications will be announced at the meeting.
PointClickFish.com will stream 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 http://www.usopenkmtlive.com/.
The tournament merchandise is very popular and will be available online at www.sptokimerchandise.com until September 24th and in-person sales Monday – Friday from 8:30am-5pm at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center from August 25th to September 28th. The tournament will sell merchandise and food at the tournament headquarters (Dutchman Creek Park) on September 30th from 10am-7pm.
The Awards Ceremony will be held virtually at www.usopenkmtlive.com and in person at Dutchman Creek Park beginning at 7:30pm on October 2nd.
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].
43rd 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
September 30th – Registration 10am-9pm
Dutchman Creek Park, 4750 Fish Factory Road, Oak Island
In-Person & Virtual Captain’s Meeting – 7pm
October 1st & 2nd – Fishing
Dutchman Creek Park
Live Streaming Weigh-In 2pm-scales close
October 2nd – Awards Ceremony
In-Person @ Dutchman Creek Park & Virtual – 7:30pm
First Place – $25,000 Cash
Guaranteed Payout – 100+ cash prizes totaling over $100,000
2020 Total Cash Prizes Paid over $359,775
2020 Tournament Winner
$80,506 in winnings
Captain Andy Broadwell, crew Adam Broadwell, Heather Phelps, Kyland Phelps, Lily Broadwell,
Fisher Broadwell, Garrison Broadwell, Lauren Broadwell, Camden Phelps, and Chad Phelps.