US Open King Mackerel Tournament October 5th - 7th at Southport Marina

on 08/12/2017 - 03:51 pm

2016 US Open KMT Winner
39th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

October 5th, 6th & 7th at Southport Marina

SOUTHPORT, NC - The 39th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is right around the corner. This year’s tournament will be October 5th – 7th at the Southport Marina. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States. In 2016, the tournament attracted 464 boats and paid out over $250,000. 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-five sponsors such as the Primary Sponsor, Southport Marina and Grand Patron sponsors, BEMC & Garmin, add 36 more supplementary cash prizes to the event. 

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

During the Awards Ceremony, The Junior Angler Awards sponsored by Orpine Boat Soap and Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle will be presented to all Junior Anglers (children age 14 and under). Every registered Junior Angler present at the ceremony will receive an award to recognize those young anglers in the tournament. In addition, Junior Anglers will compete for Junior Angler Aggregate Prizes sponsored by LPM Homes.

New for 2017, is the return of the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) and the creation of a Senior Angler Aggregate Prize sponsored by Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle.

If you don’t fish, come out and join us for the fun and entertainment on both Thursday and Saturday night. Thursday night catch The Groove Pirates from 4:00pm-7:00pm playing rock, blues, country and oldies. Blindside will be taking the stage Saturday night from 4:30pm-7pm with your favorite Rock and Roll covers.

Food will be available for purchase on Saturday, from 11:00am-7:00pm with Wallace Catering serving up Fish or Shrimp Baskets for $7 and sausage, onions & peppers or BBQ sandwiches for $4.  To quench your thirst, adult beverages sponsored by R.A. Jeffrey’s, distributor of Anheuser-Busch beer, will also be served available daily.

If you can’t make it to the tournament, make sure you check out 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

Friday morning from 7:00am-9:00am is a great time to watch the excitement as the boats rush to checkout at from the Cape Fear River, Little River Inlet, 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 6th and 7th at the Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 5th from 10am until midnight.

Tournament details are available on our website,, 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 .  

 US Open Weighin


39th 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 5th - Registration 10am-12midnight

Entertainment 4pm-7pm

The Groove Pirates

Captain’s Meeting – 7pm

October 6th & 7th – Fishing

October 7th

Seafood Dinner 11am-7pm

Awards Ceremony 7pm

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

Music 4:30pm-7pm



First Place - $25,000 Cash


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

2016 Total Cash Prizes Paid over $250,000


2016 Tournament Winner

 Captain Terry Efird from Supply fishing aboard “Screaming Reels”

Total Winnings $42,510