• Thursday, October 3rd - Saturday, October 5th

The fall season is prime time when it comes to exceptional fishing, and anglers of all varieties can get their lines wet by participating in the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. Based at the local Southport Marina and featuring tons of prizes for anglers who sign up every year, this multiple day fishing tournament is a great way to explore the expansive waters of the Cape Fear region while landing in some big cash prizes along the way.

The home base of the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is the Southport Marina, which makes it an easily accessible tournament for visiting and local fishermen from throughout the Cape Fear area and beyond. Held in early October, the tournament has a guaranteed prize structure as well as room for roughly 470 boats who want to join in the action. Though the total cash prizes vary from year to year, previous U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournaments paid out more than $271,000 annually in cash to attendees, making it a prime way to enjoy fishing with a bonus. Open to locals and visitors alike, (with advanced registration required), the annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is a great way to discover how awesome fishing in the fall can be.