Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open Welcome
June 16 – 18, 2017, at Wild Wing Cafe and Dockside Restaurant and Marina
- Spanish Open Home
- Maps and Directions
- Entry Form, Pre-Registration, and Registration
- Become a Sponsor
Welcome to the 2017 Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open, an easy and friendly way to try tournament fishing and a chance at some strong cash payouts. This event is also a great way to expose kids to fishing and get the family spending more time together on the water.
Those that have fished with us before will notice that we’ve moved the date of the event from August to June. Our goal was to host the event earlier in the season when the spanish mackerel bite had more and bigger fish, but we also wanted to make sure our date is after the traditional school year lets out so that as many young anglers as possible can fish with us.
Like last year’s event, we’ll be hosting our Registration, Captains’ Party, and Awards Dinner at Wild Wing Café. However, the weigh-in location has moved. This year we will be on Wrightsville Beach at the convenient and centrally-located Motts Channel Seafood docks.
Wilmington web developer Wide Open Technologies is once again our title sponsor, and their support makes this fun and competitive event possible. In addition to sponsoring (and taking care of the Fisherman’s Post website), every year the Wide Open Tech crew has fished with us, proving the company isn’t just skilled with custom software, mobile applications, and all types of internet solutions, but they’re avid anglers as well who can put some fish on the dock and have a good time doing it.
We’re returning to the same popular format as last year, with a Captain’s Choice, pick-your-fishing-day format that allows teams to select the best weather day of the weekend or (as is the case for many households) the day that conflicts least with a demanding schedule of weekend commitments.
All Fisherman’s Post events are family-friendly, but we particularly want to encourage the community to get the family and kids involved with this fun tournament. To that end, we’re continuing to offer not just one but three Youth Angler divisions (Junior: ages 0-8; Pre-Teen: ages 9-12; and Teen: ages 13-17). The winner in each age group will receive a cash payout, and every youth angler in all three divisions weighing in a fish will be brought up on stage to be celebrated and receive a Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open medal at Sunday’s Awards Ceremony.
To make sure everyone has a good time, Friday’s Captains’ Party will be catered with plenty of pizza (Papa Murphy’s) and subs and chips (David’s Deli), along with beer from Atlantic Shores Distributors and all the water and soda you can drink.
Returning participants in the event will likely remember Sunday’s Awards Dinner, where we’ll not only have a fully-stocked Wild Wing Café buffet to feast on, but fresh, golden-fried spanish mackerel (the tournament fish weighed in on Saturday and Sunday) to enjoy after a strong weekend of fishing.
Helping make sure the weekend runs smoothly will be our Cape Fear Community College student-athlete volunteers, and the CFCC Sea Devil Club, the backbone of support for CFCC athletics, will once again be this year’s beneficiary.
So rig up your Clarkspoons and daisy chains, gather your planers and trolling sinkers, put a couple of live bait rigs on the boat, and come out to Wild Wing Cafe on Friday, June 16, to sign up and get in on the action.
We’ll see you at the Wing
Gary Hurley / Tournament Director