HOLY MACKEREL: 39th US Open King Mackerel Tournament underway

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The 39th anniversary of the US Open King Mackerel Tournament has started.

The Southport Oak Island area Chamber of Commerce started this tournament to help bring more money and exposure into the region.

470 boats have registered for this year’s tournament and one organizer said this is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments in the world.

“It’s a total community effort it takes over 100 volunteers to put this on. People love to come and volunteer for the US Open King Mackerel Tournament. The anglers themselves they hold it in high prestige and I think it said a lot for the community and the anglers and our fishing in our area,” Executive Vice President Karen Sphar said.

The tournament lasts until Saturday and the fisherman are competing for a total prize purse of $270,000.


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