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Coastal Carolina's Premier Fishing Tournament

Forty plus 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 400 boats annually and is held in high esteem by the community and anglers.

Register 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.

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2019 US Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament Schedule

Thursday, October 3rd

  • 10am - Registration & Packet Pickup Opens at Southport Marina, remains open until midnight
  • 4pm to 7pm - Live entertainment by Big House Band
  • 4pm to 7pm - Refreshments for sale
  • 5pm to 7pm - Complimentary pizza for participants at registration tent
  • 7pm - Captains Meeting

Friday, October 4th

  • 7am to 9am - Check-out Points open & competition begins
  • 11am - Scales open at weigh-in station
  • 2pm to 5pm - Live streaming of weigh-ins from the scales
  • 3pm - Live SiriusXM Marine demonstrations at Point Click Fish trailer
  • 3pm to 6pm - Refreshments for sale
  • 4pm - Check-in point manned on NC Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell Fishing Pier & South Harbor Marina's Fuel Dock on the ICW
  • 5pm - Competition ends for the day

Saturday, October 5th

  • 7am to 9am - Check-out points open & competition begins
  • 9am to 12pm - Captain Charlie Kids Fishing Tournament at Southport City Pier
  • 11am - Scales open at weigh-in station
  • 11am to 7pm - Fish Friy
  • 2pm to 4pm - Live streaming of weigh-ins from the scales
  • 3pm - Check-in point manned on NC Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell Fishing Pier & South Harbor Marina's Fuel Dock on the ICW
  • 3pm to 7pm - Refreshments for sale
  • 4pm - Competition ends for the day
  • 4:30pm to 7:30pm - Live entertainment by Island Fever
  • 6pm - Live SiriusXM Marine demonstrations at Point Click Fish trailer
  • 7:30pm - Awards ceremony

Full Schedule

Spend the US Open with MRA and Save!

If you're fishing in the tournament and book a 2- to 14- night stay with us, MRA will waive the $45 reservation fee on your stay.

Promo Code: USOPEN