Southport, NC –

An impressive 497 boats competed in the 41st annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament over the weekend. This event was also a partner event with the Southern Kingfish Association.

Nauti-Edition III, captained by Robert Carr of Wilmington and crew (Dave Clem, Joshua Carr and Jeffrey Masnick) won the $25,000 grand prize for a grand total of $42,723. Their winning king mackerel weighed 36.60-pounds.

Daddy Rabbit, captained by Brandon Dean of Southport, finished in second with a 36.2-pound king.

Top Six were:

1st Place – Nauti-Edition III, Robert Carr of Wilmington, 36.60-pound king, won $42,723

2nd Place – Daddy Rabbit, Brandon Dean of Southport, 36.20-pound king, won $59,628

3rd Place – Frayed Knot II, Jeff Smith of Wilmington, 34.70-pound king, won $12,089

4th Place – Fun Times, Mark Richardson of Seagrove, 34.70-pound king, won $2,750

5th Place – Fish Whistle, Wallace Trayah of Oak Island, 34.05-pound king, won $72,324

6th Place – OIFC, Captain Brant’s Fishing Adventures, Ocean Isle Beach, 33.70-pound king, won $49,341