37th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

October 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Southport Marina

SOUTHPORT, NC Aug. 13, 2015 – The 37th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is right around the corner. This year’s tournament will be October 1-3rd at the Southport Marina. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States, attracting 410 boats in 2014. The Tournament has an all cash guaranteed prize structure that is not based on participation numbers. The tournament pays 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel. Thirty-three sponsors such as the Primary Sponsor, Southport Marina and Grand Patron sponsors, BEMC, Dosher Memorial Hospital, add 50 more supplementary cash prizes to the event.

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

Two notable prizes include the Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes and Junior Angler Awards. The Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes are sponsored by Sea//Tow and LPM Homes. 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.


The Junior Angler Awards sponsored by Orpine Boat Soap and Cape Fear Fitness will be presented to Junior Anglers (children age 14 and under) during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday. Every registered Junior Angler present at the ceremony will receive an award as a way to recognize those young anglers in the tournament.


If you don’t fish, come out and join us for the fun and entertainment on both Thursday and Saturday night. Thursday night catch Party of Two from 4:30pm-7:00pm playing dance and party favorites from Motown, R&B, Disco and Blues. Sgt. Rock will be taking the stage Saturday night from 4:30pm-7pm with your favorite Rock and Roll covers.


This year, food will be available for purchase every day of the tournament. Thursday, Boy Scout Troop #238 will be on site selling Hot Dogs & Soft Drinks and Friday come support Cub Scout Troop #238 with the same menu. On Saturday, from 3:00pm-7:00pm, seafood will be available for purchase by Wallace Catering & Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering. Refreshments from R.A. Jeffrey’s, distributor of Anheuser-Busch, 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 from the tournament website at www.usopenkmt.com


Friday morning from 7:00am-9:00am is a great time to watch the excitement as the boats rush to checkout at Lockwood Folly Inlet, N.C. Baptist Assembly Pier at Fort Caswell, Little River, Masonboro Inlet 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 2nd  and 3rd  at the Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 1st from 10am until midnight.


Visit with tournament sponsors like Sea//Tow, Hooked Soul, OCEANA, Copper by George, and Long Bay Artificial Reef Association on Thursday and Saturday.


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 .




37th 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 1st – Registration 10am-12midnight

Entertainment 4pm-7pm

Party of Two

Captain’s Meeting – 7pm


October 2nd & 3rd – Fishing


October 3rd

Seafood Dinner 3pm-7pm

Awards Ceremony 7pm

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

Music 4:30pm-7pm

Sgt. Rock Band


First Place – $25,000 Cash


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

2014 Total Cash Prizes Paid over $241,000


2014 Tournament Winner Captain Kevin Norris from Sneads Ferry, NC fishing aboard “Reel Blessed” Total Winnings $66,715

2014 Tournament Winner
Captain Kevin Norris from Sneads Ferry, NC fishing aboard “Reel Blessed”
Total Winnings $66,715