MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – To the delight of fishing fanatics across the country, The Crystal Coast has reeled in the world’s largest saltwater tournament trail – the Southern Kingfish Association. Avid anglers are invited to retreat to Morehead City, located within the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, for the 24th Annual Mercury Southern Kingfish Association National Championship, Oct. 22-24, 2015.

Whether it’s for a novice or seasonal “old salt,” each year the contest hooks thousands of anglers, providing a remarkable fishing experience and excellent pay out – recently more than $83,000 in cash and prizes for the Top 7 Mercury PRO teams, plus more than $270,000 in cash and prizes to the top placing National Champions. Making its inaugural debut on the Morehead City waterfront, the destination is ideally situated along Intracoastal Waterway, giving the frothy blue waters that caress its shores a crystalline quality often compared to the waters of the Caribbean.

“With the National Championship being our largest event of the year, we make a concerted effort to partner with dynamic fishing destinations that share our enthusiasm for the sport and put a fresh spin on the overall experience,” said Jim Butler, SKA Director. “There are plenty of fish in the sea, but we’re elated to have hooked a host destination as special as The Crystal Coast.”

“Our local community couldn’t be more excited to host this world-famous saltwater tournament,” says Carol Lohr, The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority executive director. “Morehead City is a beloved gem of The Crystal Coast, and we know our SKA competitors and their families will love discovering the gleaming beaches, active salt-water adventures, small town charm and divine dining our destination offers.”

Named “Best Yachting Town” by Yachting magazine, The Crystal Coast offers year-round vacationers the freedom to spend their days exploring un-crowded coastline, dining at flip-flop friendly restaurants, shopping at boutiques filled with coastal treasures or setting sail on cruises. The South facing beaches course east and west, lending views of the dazzlingly bright sun rise to greet the day and then slip into the glistening waters for a stunning sunset. Consistently revered and acclaimed, The Crystal Coast has recently earned nods from Travel + Leisure, naming Beaufort “America’s No. 1 Town,” in addition to other notable achievements such as “Best Spring Break Destination” by Outside Magazine and “Top 25 USA Wreck Dives” by Scuba Diving.

For more information on the Southern Kingfish Association, visit or call 800-852-6262.

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