34th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

October 3rd , 4th  and 5th  at Southport Marina

SOUTHPORT, NC August 15, 2013 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.

US Open King Mackerel Tournamet Southport - Oak IslandThe U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments in the United States attracting 408 boats in 2012. 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. Twenty eight 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 Sound Wavezs spinning your favorite tunes on Thursday night from 4pm-7pm and the popular SGT Rock Band rocks out on Saturday night from 4:30pm-7pm. The smell of cooking fish will be in the air on Saturday as the Brunswick County Shrine Club will hold a good old-fashioned fish fry beginning at 3pm.   Fish plates are $8.00.


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 4th and 5th  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.


34th 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 Marina,

Southport, North Carolina


October 3rd  – Registration 10am-12midnight

Entertainment -4pm-8pm

DJ:  Sound Wavezs


Captain’s Meeting – 7pm

October 4th & 5th – Fishing

October 5th

Fish Fry – 3pm-7pm

Awards Ceremony – 7pm

Entertainment and Refreshments– 4:30pm-7:00pm

Band:  SGT Rock Band


First Place – $25,000 Cash –

Guaranteed Payout – 100 cash prizes totaling over $100,000

2012 Tournament Winner  Captain William McCann from Henderson, NC aboard “McAttack” Total Winnings $61,180

2012 Tournament Winner
Captain William McCann from Henderson, NC aboard “McAttack”
Total Winnings $61,180