Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open Welcome

June 16 – 18, 2017, at Wild Wing Cafe and Dockside Restaurant and Marina


Welcome to the 2016 Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open, an event we’re once again thrilled to be bringing back to the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach/Carolina Beach area. This spanish mackerel tournament is an easy and friendly way to try tournament fishing, as well as a great way to expose kids to fishing and get the family spending more time together.

Like last year’s event, we’ll be hosting our Registration, Captains’ Party and Awards Dinner at Wild Wing Café, and the weigh-in will once again be the picturesque docks and bar/restaurant at Dockside Marina. We love that the Dockside location will enable participants to relax and grab a refreshing beverage or bite to eat after weighing in their fish, and we also predict that our anglers will enjoy weighing in in front of the regular Dockside crowd.

Wilmington web developer Wide Open Technologies has signed on for this third year as our title sponsor, and their support, along with our other great sponsors’ participation, makes this kid-friendly, strong-payout event possible. In addition to sponsoring, the Wide Open Tech crew has fished with us every year, proving the company isn’t just skilled with custom software, mobile applications, and all types of internet solutions, but they are 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 format as last year, with a Captain’s Choice, pick-your-fishing-day format that allows teams to pick the best weather day of the weekend or (as is the case for many parents) 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 bringing back our 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 Spanish Mackerel Open medal at Sunday’s Awards Ceremony.

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 Anheuser Busch/R.A Jeffreys and all the water and soda you can drink.

Returning participants in the event will likely remember Sunday’s Awards Dinner as well, 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.

The entry fee for the Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Tournament is a mere $100, and it should be easy for even a small crew to eat and drink their money’s worth over the weekend. While we strive to make the tournament more of an event instead of just a cash competition, the winners will certainly be walking away with some handsome checks as well (and there are three TWTs offered for those that like to wager a little more).

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, trolling sinkers, and birds, and come out to Wild Wing Cafe on Friday, August 19, to sign up and get in on the action. In the meantime, please check out this sponsor booklet and thank the many businesses who’ve stepped up to support youth anglers and this tournament.

We’ll see you at the Wing!

Gary Hurley / Tournament Director
(910) 452-6378