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King Mackerel Tournament Kicks Off


The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is underway this weekend out of Southport Marina in Southport, N.C., with two fishing days, Friday and Saturday. Submitted photo
Outdoors
This fish is the target in several fishing tournaments as calendar shifts to fall

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

October 06, 2017 3:18 PM

Fall is here, so tis the season for king mackerel tournaments along our section of the Carolina coast.

Before the cold front pushed through last weekend and the relentless wind kicked in ever since, kings had been found along the beach.

Conditions were expected to improve over the weekend, and look for king action to take off.

The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is underway this weekend out of Southport Marina in Southport, N.C., with two fishing days, Friday and Saturday.

Scales were to open at 11 a.m. both days. PointClickFish.com is streaming live from the weigh-in on Friday (2-5 p.m.) and Saturday (2-4 p.m.). Visit www.USOpenKMT.com for more information.

Next weekend a pair of tournaments will be on tap – the Fall Brawl King Classic at Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and the Marlin Quay King Mackerel Shootout at Marlin Quay Marina in Murrells Inlet.

In the Fall Brawl, competitors can fish one of two days – Oct. 14 or Oct. 15, with weigh-in closing both days at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.OIFC.com.

The Marlin Quay Shootout features one fishing day, Oct. 14, with the weigh-in beginning at 3 p.m. For more information, call 843-651-4444.

Last Saturday, the crew of Wahooligans, led by Capt. Billy Goss, won the Shallotte Point King Mackerel Tournament out of Inlet View in Shallotte, N.C., with a 36.21-pounder.
SALTT

Windy conditions greeted 29 boats fishing in the second event of the Student Angler League Tournament Trail last Saturday in Georgetown.

Noah Payne and Kadyn Kellahanbrought of Andrews High School claimed the Red Drum Division with a pair of reds totaling 8.33 pounds.

Sisters Hailey and Christy Edmonds of Carolina Forest High School finished second with 8.06 pounds followed by Ashton Rouhselang and Lance Cooper of Conway Middle School with 7.98 pounds including the big fish of the division, a 4.39-pounder.

Conway High School won the Bass Division with an aggregate of 9.82 pounds including the big fish of 3.33 pounds.

Andrew Vereen of St. James High School was second with 9.79 pounds, followed by Brandon Porter of Andrews High School with 7.92 pounds.

The next event on the trail is set for Oct. 14 out of the Carroll Ashemore Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River.

Area high school and middle school anglers can continue to register for SALTT events. For information, visit SALTTfishing.com.

Gregg Holshouser: wholshouser@sc.rr.com