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Mercury Marine Tour

BEAUFORT, NC – The Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) held the fourth leg of its Mercury Marine Professional Tour at the Bone Suckin’ Sauce King of the Cape Fishing Tournament September 10-12, 2015.


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Twenty-six of the most competitive, head-to-head king mackerel fishing teams ventured to Carteret County this past weekend for the fourth tournament in a five-event schedule of the 2015 Mercury Marine Professional Tour.

The professional teams fished two days, the second day of fishing coinciding with a local SKA sanctioned fishing tournament called Bone Suckin’ Sauce King of the Cape. All of King of the Cape’s proceeds benefited the Methodist Home for Children.

The weather proved extremely challenging, with only two PRO teams weighing fish both days. Overall winners from the fourth leg of Mercury’s PRO Tour were Team Bandit, coming in fourth place and weighing a 32.76 fish, Contender sponsored Team Zebra in third place with a 40.59 aggregate, and North Carolina PRO team, Team Motivation, secured a second place finish, weighing in only one 44.08 lb. king! After a rough morning trying to catch bait, Captain David Smith and his team decided to move back towards the beach to finish out the day at the Fat Belly Reef. “At about 4:45 while putting out a bait our big fish hit. It only ran out about 100 yards of line before stopping on the bottom,” said Captain Smith. “We knew it was a good fish but had no idea how big it was until it laid on its side just before we stuck it. The fish hit the deck at 5:05 and we hit the gas.”

Not a stranger the PRO Tour’s top four, team Seafood Kitchen from Jacksonville, FL took the win with a 52.73 lb. aggregate. Captain Russell Stewart said, “We fished the drum inlet because after two days of hard pre-fishing, that’s the only place we found fish.” Fishing a 39’ Contender, Seafood Kitchen has been an extremely consistent competitor all year.

The final tournament, the Mercury Professional Championship, will be held October 1-3 in Biloxi, MS to determine the coveted 2015 Angler of the Year!

Standings for each Pro event are updated here.


About SKA:

Founded in 1991, the Southern Kingfish Association is the largest saltwater fishing tournament trail in the world. With thousands of members across the Southeast, the SKA’s purpose is to promote and responsibly grow the family sport of fishing. They are passionately committed to fostering rewarding experiences amongst King Mackerel anglers, tournament directors and their industry partners. Visit for more details.

Erin Henshaw, Director of Communications
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