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King Mackerel Tournament Pushes On Amid Poor Weather Conditions

The 34th Annual East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament was held July 12th - 14th. Poor weather conditions led to a decrease in entries. The tournament pushed on and Brant McMullan and family of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center took 1st place winning $6760 for their 39.75 King Mackerel.

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Got-Em-On Live Bait Club held their 34th annual East Coast Got-Em-On Classic King Mackerel Tournament July 12th through the 14th amid poor weather conditions.
Heavy rainfall and storms passed over the area Friday and Saturday as a result of a dissipating tropical storm in the Atlantic.
Tournament representative Donna Gurganus said 81 boats registered. That's a large decrease from previous years.
She said 17 King Mackerel and 2 Mahi weighed in. They prorated the lady, junior and senior angler awards to be able to give out more money to the fisherman."
Gurganus said the tournament awards were based on 210 entries. With only 81 entries they wanted to continue to pay out and reward those who stuck it out and braved the weather.
She said the tournament is non-profit and benefits the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach Fire Departments as well as the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club.
Gurganus thanked the sponsors including the Kure Beach Pier, Jack Mackerels, Randy Gibson All State, Waste Industries, Party Suppliers, Tow Boat US, Perry's Emporium, Pleasure Island Chamber, and EWE Electric.
She thanked Carolina Beach Town staff who helped set up the event.
She explained, "We collected over $400 from beer tent "tips" that will be donated to the Help Center on the island."
The top three winners were:
Brant McMullan and his family from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center took first place with a 39.75 pound King Mackerel winning $6,760.
Brent Gainey fishing on the "Miller Time" took second place with a 38.90 pound King Mackerel winning $3,880.
Randall Edens of East Coast Sports took third place with a 27.15 pound King winning $1,690.
To see the full list of results visit or pick up next week's edition of the Island Gazette.