Update: 9/20/2018

Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina Coast with an unprecedented amount of rainfall which has impacted our area and region. Overall, our area weathered the storm and we are structurally intact but there are pockets of areas that are still dealing with flooding and do not have essential services. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, and all the Public and private utility workers have done a herculean job restoring essential services. Our communities are awakening as roads open to our area and region, but we are sensitive and are praying for those who are still in harm’s way across North Carolina as flood waters rise.


The Southport Marina, the home of the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament will be opening on Monday (September 24th). It sustained light damage as it was afforded the blessing of being spared by the worst of the storm.


It is always our intent to hold the Tournament on its scheduled date. We understand you will want to know as soon as possible but we do not have enough information to make a definitive decision. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board will make the final decision before September 29th.


If you have pre-registered for the tournament and now find it impossible to participate, please see the cancellation and refund policy in the rules section of the website. https://www.usopenkmt.com/rules/

U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament

Coastal Carolina's Premier Fishing Tournament

Thirty-eight years ago a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. The prizes and expenses for the first tournament were guaranteed by those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution - thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament now attracts almost 400 boats annually and is held in high esteem by the community and anglers.

Can't make the tournament but still want to watch weighin live?


October 5th - 2pm-5pm

October 6th   -2pm-4pm


Click Here For Live Weighin Action


Register here for your opportunity to take part in this historic fishing event and a chance to win one of the coveted prizes. The tournament guarantees its entire prize structure; it is not based on the number of boats that participate. The tournament pays 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel. Additional cash prizes are added to the event by sponsors.


prize structure adds to the enjoyment of the event.


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The organizational meeting for Captains will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Southport Marina.


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2018 Tournament Dates:

October 4th - October 6th


For more information follow the above links or contact:


Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce,  

4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461



800-457-6964 or

(910) 457-5787





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