SURF OFF, CRAFT SHOW, 5K & CRAB DERBY

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Labor Day Weekend is for everyone. Labor Day was created to pay tribute to the achievements made by American workers and to their contributions to the well being of the country. You will find many events planned for this special weekend and luckily, they are not all planned on the same day or at the same time.

Saturday morning will start off at 8 AM with a Paddle Out for the Labor Day Surf Off at Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC, which will begin at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration is required for this event. 9 AM will kick off the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival which will run until 4 PM. This fun event will be held on the soccer field of Middleton Park and will offer a day of beautiful handcrafted items as well as food.

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On Sunday, you can Go Jump in the Lake, literally, in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. There is a catch. First you have to take part in either the 5K or the 1.5 mile run/walk – then you can jump in the lake. There will be live music also, from 4 PM until 6 PM, featuring 17 South Band. The concert will be held at Spring Lake Park and food trucks will be there as well.

On Monday, in Southport, NC, kids up to 14 years of age will be able to take part in the Children’s Crab Derby  Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with the derby beginning at 9 AM. Prizes will be given. That will leave the rest of the day for beach time.

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HOLY MACKEREL!

Yep. It’s that time again. Time for the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. Time for 400 boats in the ocean waters. Time for prizes. Time for food. Time for entertainment. Time for drinks. Time for fun. Time for a whole lotta fishin’ goin’ on. Speaking of fishing. It’s time, too, for the Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament – on Saturday. From 10 AM until noon you will see the Southport City Pier lined with kids on one end of fishing rods, hoping to find fish on the other ends. There will be pizza and drinks for everyone as well as loads of prizes.

Need Tackle? Check out these Brunswick County, NC fishing and tackle shops:

Leland, NC 28451
(910) 599-4054
Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle

4019 Long Beach Rd. SE
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-1221

Oak Island Pier

705 Ocean Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465

(910) 278-6464

Ocean Crest Pier

1411 E. Beach Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 278-6674

FISHIN’ AND FARMIN’

This weekend in the South Brunswick Islands you can enjoy tournament fishing for adults as well as  tournament fishing for kids. If fishing is not your thing you can head out to for a day of interactive and fun learning on a farm. The US King Mackerel Tournament will be held in Southport, NC and includes lots of fun on land as well as on the water. The weigh-in is exciting and there will be food, drink, music and dancing. Check it out here:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/us-open-king-mackerel-tournament/profile/)

Captain Charlie’s Kid Fishing Tournament is held on the same day as the King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. This event is a catch-and-release tournament where kids have fun, win prizes and learn environmental lessons as well. Find more information here: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/captain-charlies-kids-fishing-tournament/profile/)

So where does the farmin’ come in? Well, at Farm Heritage Day celebrated at Indigo Farms in Calabash, NC of course.

For a day filled with fun and learning for kids and adults alike find more information here: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/farm-heritage-day/profile/)

 

Fishing Tournaments

Fishing is a way of life for some in the NC Brunswick Islands. We often see the wooden shrimp boats plying the waters off the coast with their entourage of seagulls floating behind like so many kites. For those of us on shore the sight is picturesque and beautiful. For those on the boats it is their work. However, there are a number of recreational fishermen in the area as well. You see them fishing from the piers, surf fishing, casting for bait, fishing from boats and going to sea on charter fishing boats. Then there are the fishing tournaments. These usually begin in the spring and are held nearly every weekend through the fall. Fisherman enter these tournaments for the camaraderie of fishing with others and the hope of winning a prize. Her are a few upcoming tournaments:

The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/the-far-out-shoot-out-fishing-tournament/profile/)

This tournament is actually in process as it began on May 9, however, it runs through May 17. You only fish one out of the eight days and the awards ceremony and dinner will be held on Sunday at 1 PM at OIFC Wing & Fish Company – 4764 Main Street, Shallotte, NC . The next tournament to be held at the fishing center will be the Jolly Mon King Classic on June 20 – 22. (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/june/jolly-mon-king-classic/profile/) The Long Bay Artificial Reef Association and the Teaching Youth to Fish Association are both supported by this event.

The Rebel King Mackerel Tournament held at the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/rebel-king-mackerel-tournament/profile/)

 

This tournament will be held on May 17 – 18 and prizes will be awarded after 2 PM on the 18th.

The Oak Island Open Pier Fishing Tournament held on the Oak Island Pier and the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/oak-island-open-pier-fishing-tournament/profile/)

To be held on May 31 and June 1 on both piers on Oak Island, this tournament is coordinated by the Oak Island Recreation Department.