The Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament has a long history in Atlantic Beach. It was once the largest King Mackerel Tournament in the country- generating hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide for the Atlantic Beach Volunteer Fire Department (AB VFD). The AB VFD used these funds to purchase lifesaving equipment (ambulances, water rescue equipment, etc.) and the Artificial Reef Foundation. During the lifespan of this tournament, it would bring in as many as 700 plus fishing teams to the Carteret County area. As the economy failed ,so did the day for tournament fishing. However, in the past several years, tournament fishing has started to make a comeback.
This year we are attempting to restart the tournament that meant so much to the community and county. The beneficiary will still be the AB VFD. This tournament will be in a different format than previous tournaments. Instead of a one weekend tournament that, in the past, was sometimes blown out by hurricanes, we are going to have a three week rodeo type tournament. This type of tournament will not only include King Mackerel, but will have four other species as well. Spanish Mackerel, Trout, Flounder and Puppy Drum divisions will be offered with their own entry fee and prize structure. From the father and his young son or daughter, to the experienced King Mackerel Fisherman, this tournament will be a fun and exciting event for everyone.
Starting this tournament from scratch again is a monumental task requiring great effort and monetary risk. While having the support of many in the fishing community, it takes money to get our tournament started again. We greatly appreciate the sponsors, participants and supporters of the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Saltwater Slam.
So bring your family and fishing buddies, and join us for this historic tournament. We welcome you. We hope you enjoy all the fun and excitement Atlantic Beach, Carteret County and the Crystal Coast has to offer.
All money donated is tax deductible due to the 501(c)(3) status of the Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament, Inc.
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