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Old 09-20-2018, 08:20 AM
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Anyone planning on fishing this? I was, but they don't seem to know if this is still happening or when a decision on that will be made.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:25 AM
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We are. Was wondering if there had been any decisions on it.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:39 AM
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I sure hope a decision is made one way or the other soon so teams have the chance to plan/take off work/find places to stay etc.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:04 AM
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I have been told that the Tournament will likely be held as scheduled since Southport and the Marina suffered limited damage. A final decision will be announced in a few days but plan on fishing.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:07 AM
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No decision will be made until later next week so basically if you haven't gotten off then you aren't going to know until the last min.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:09 AM
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This is a post they made to FB:

"Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina Coast with an unprecedented amount of rainfall which has impacted our area and region. Overall, our area weathered the storm and we are structurally intact but there are pockets of areas that are still dealing with flooding and do not have essential services. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, and all the Public and private utility workers have done a herculean job restoring essential services. Our communities are awakening as roads open to our area and region, but we are sensitive and are praying for those who are still in harm’s way across North Carolina as flood waters rise.

The Southport Marina, the home of the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament will be opening on Monday (September 24th). It sustained light damage as it was afforded the blessing of being spared by the worst of the storm.

It is always our intent to hold the Tournament on its scheduled date. We understand you will want to know as soon as possible but we do not have enough information to make a definitive decision. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board will make the final decision before September 29th.

If you have pre-registered for the tournament and now find it impossible to participate, please see the cancellation and refund policy in the rules section of the website. https://www.usopenkmt.com/rules/ "
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:11 PM
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Southport Marina is in good shape. Southport did not get damaged badly. Fisherman want to fish. We do feel for the folks up North. But over all, the best dates and possibilities for good participation will be for the scheduled weekend. Therefore even though they are being sensitive to the folks who have endured such hardship, the powers that be, will likely conduct the tournament on schedule. Therefore I recommend that folks plan accordingly.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:51 PM
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The big deal now is the water/sewer situation on Oak Island. Many folks rent houses there for this tournament and due to flooding many rental companies have been unable to asses
Properties. I know that a few of the big agencies will be busy assessing properties tomorrow.
Another is the gas situation. Unfortunately it's impossible to know if these issues can be
corrected fast enough. The Southport Marina will be ready question is will everything else be?
I have reservations to arrive in the area next Saturday and I've been told that may or may not be possible. I will have an answer by next Wednesday .
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Old 09-21-2018, 04:17 AM
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To add insult to injury check out the forecast for the tourney. Shucks! Few more storms getting together in the east side of the pond hopefully they will leave us alone!
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Old 09-21-2018, 04:36 AM
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Oak Island is fully functional again, officially as of yesterday afternoon.
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Old 09-21-2018, 04:41 AM
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Awesome news! Thanks Raybark!
Fishing time!!
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:28 AM
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I sure hope the tournament does go as planned. I don't give a crap about the fishing, but it's a blast sitting on the pier - beverage in hand, of course - watching those triples and quads go screaming by on the ICW.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:41 AM
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Raybark, how would You like to have those beverages AND your meals paid for?
I need a dock to put a bait pen under. I always pen up bait so I don't have to catch it during fishing time. The place I normally use sold this year. I usually pen them up Sunday or Monday before tournament. If interested let me know.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:53 AM
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latest weather update for tournament is awesome! Let's hope it doesn't change! Low 70's and mid 50's
NNE 5-10!
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:32 AM
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Fishalaye, you do realize the tournament is 2 weeks from today and I have not seen any weather forecast that far in advance and if there were, they would be very unreliable.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:08 AM
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I agree on the unreliability of any forecast two weeks out. I'm just excited and ready to fish! Weather channels 15 day prediction was much warmer with winds 15-20. When I saw the change I was happy! Probably change 10 times between now and then. I'll be on here tomorrow whining when it changes again! 😂😂. Tough month with the storm and itching to go fishin!
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:15 PM
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No Quarter will be there. I’m not seeing any reason for them not to hold the tournament on schedule, as far as local conditions. The water in the waccamaw river started to drop yesterday so maybe the rest will follow suit soon and allow the boats from outta town to get here as well. I’m sure the local businesses could use the support of the fishermen right now
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Old 09-23-2018, 05:53 AM
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Hopefully there will be road access into Southport after the flood subsides. I've been told several road beds going into Southport have been washed out. I plan on fishing but I guess it's wait and see what they come up with.
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Old 09-23-2018, 06:47 AM
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Team Pokey will hopefully be fishing it! Boats are going back on the lifts and regular life on the island is starting to begin. Wonder if they will have a redfish class since this shit brown water has a ton of them right now
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:22 PM
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King decked off OCP today, bunch more to the south
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