U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

 

The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament began over thirty-five years ago when a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing in the Southport-Oak Island area. Today, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament attracts 400 boats annually and is one of the largest kingfish tournaments on the east coast. The tournament has a guaranteed prize structure with over $100,000 in prizes.

The official 2018 tournament will be held at the Southport Marina from October 4th, 2018 – October 6th, 2018. For information about the tournament visit the website or contact the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament.

The tournament will be held at the Southport Marina, 606 W. West Street Southport, NC. For more information about the Tournament visit https://www.usopenkmt.com/

2018 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Schedule

Friday, September 14th

Early Bird Registration Deadline

Early Bird Drawing Deadline is Friday, September 14, 2018. Two $340 winners to be drawn at the Captain’s Meeting (10/4/2018) from all those who enter the tournament before 11:59 pm on September 14, 2018.  Winners do not need to be present.  Postmarks by 9/14/2018 are acceptable.  To celebrate the tournament’s 40th Anniversary the first 425 Boats registered are GTD one Boone Monster Medium Fish Bag.

Tuesday, OCTOBER 2nd

ONLINE Registration Deadline

Register online for the tournament August 1st until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

ONSITE registration for the tournament on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 10am-12 midnight at the Southport Marina under the Registration Tent. All participants must be registered before midnight on October 4th to compete.

Thursday, OCTOBER 4th

 

10:00 a.m. Registration & Packet Pickup Opens at Southport Marina and remains open until Midnight.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Complimentary pizza for participants @ the registration tent

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Entertainment by The Groove Pirates

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments for sale. RA Jeffreys Distributing Products

7:00 p.m. Captains Meeting. It is strongly advised that all captains attend this meeting, as any rule changes or clarifications will be announced.

Friday, OCTOBER 5th

 

7:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m. – Check-Out Points open & competition begins.  See rules for locations After 9:00 a.m. check-out must be made at Southport Marina with a designated official.

11:00 a.m. – Scales Open: Weigh In Station

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Food – TBA

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   The PointClickFish.com Team will Stream weigh-ins from the scales LIVE from the U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament. www.usopenkmtlive.com

3:00 p.m. – Live SiriusXM Marine Demonstrations @ Point Click Fish Trailer

3:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.   Refreshments for sale.  RA Jeffreys Distributing Products

4:00 p.m. – Check-In point manned – on NC Baptist Assembly @ Fort Caswell Fishing Pier and South Harbor  Marina’s Fuel Dock- ICW.

5:00 p.m. – Competition ends for the day.

 

Saturday, October 6TH

 

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Check-Out Points open & competition begins.  See rules for locations. After 9 a.m. Check-out must be made at Southport Marina with a designated official.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Captain Charlie Kids Fishing Tournament -Southport City Pier. Registration at 9:00am. Tournament fun 10:00am-12:00pm. TEE SHIRTS WILL BE GIVEN OUT AS LONG AS THEY LAST. For more information contact City of Southport Parks & Recreation Department, (910) 457-7945.

11:00 a.m. – Scales Open: Weigh In Station

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  – Fish Fry – Fish & Shrimp Basket -$7.00, Italian Sausage with peppers & onions -$5.00, BBQ Sandwich -$5.00, French Fry Basket -$4.00. Open To the Public.  Food vendor: Wallace Catering.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – The PointClickFish.com Team will Stream weigh-ins from the scales LIVE from the U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament.  www.usopenkmtlive.com

3:00 p.m.– Check-In point manned NC Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell Fishing Pier & South Harbour Marina’s Fuel Dock – ICW

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Refreshments for sale.  RA Jeffreys Distributing Products

4:00 p.m. – Competition ends for the day

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Entertainment by Island Fever
6:00 p.m. – Live SiriusXM Marine Demonstrations @ Point Click Fish Trailer

7:30 p.m. AWARDS CEREMONY

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