It’s Tournament Time!
Registration is open for the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s 43rd Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, one of the largest on the East Coast.
The 43rd Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is right around the corner. To be held September 30 through October 2 at Brunswick County’s Dutchman Creek Park, the tournament is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast and part of the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) Tournament Trail.
In 2020 the tournament attracted 521 boats and paid out more than $359,775. The 2020 winners — Captain Andy Broadwell, crew Adam Broadwell, Heather Phelps, Kyland Phelps, Lily Broadwell, Fisher Broadwell, Garrison Broadwell, Lauren Broadwell, Camden Phelps and Chad Phelps — won $80,506.
The tournament has an all-cash guaranteed prize structure that is not based on participation numbers, paying 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel.
There are also 36 sponsors including Grand Patron sponsors — BEMC, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle, Garmin, Hamilton Realty Group EXP Realty and Mosquito Joe of Southeastern NC — and 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 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.
Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the tournament’s organizers, recently announced a 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.
Schedule of Events
Packet Pickup – All registrants must come to packet pickup at Dutchman Creek Park between 10 am and 9 pm
Pre-Fishing Party – Salty Dawgs Coastal Carolina Party Band will perform at Dutchman Creek Park from 4 to 7 pm
In Person & Virtual Captain’s Meeting – 7 pm
October 1 and 2
Spectators welcome at Dutchman Creek Park
Live Streaming Weigh-In – 2 pm scales close
In Person or virtual at Dutchman Creek Park at 7:30 pm
First Place – $25,000 Cash
Guaranteed Payout – 100+ cash prizes totaling more than $100,000
PointClickFish.com will stream weigh-ins at the scales live from the tournament on Friday from 2 to 5 pm and Saturday from 2 to 4 pm.
Want to fish?
Early Bird Registration – Postmarked or at chamber’s Welcome Center by midnight on Friday, September 17. Online Registration available until 11 pm on September 28.
On Site Registration – September 30, 10 am to 9 pm Dutchman Creek Park
All tournament details, live feeds, virtual meetings and merchandise are available online at usopenkmt.com.
For a brochure or to register early in person, contact 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event address is Dutchman Creek Park, 4750 Fish Factory Road, Oak Island.