The Southern Kingfish Association’s National Championships will be held next weekend at the Point Cadet Marina.
Over 120 boats are expected for the championship event, which is hosted by the Golden Nugget. Anglers from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas are expected to compete.
The SKA was last held on the Coast two years ago at the Golden Nugget Casino. It took place in Fort Pierce, Fla. last year.
“People enjoy coming here because of the hospitality,” Golden Nugget Director of Development Bobby Carter said. “Fishing at this time of year is incredible.”
Registration for the National championship starts at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ship Island grand ballroom and lasts until 6 p.m. The Mercury Tournament Trail Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held later that evening at 6 p.m., followed by a captain’s meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Fishing begins Friday morning. The weigh-in will be Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The awards presentation will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 29 in the Grand ballroom.
Before the SKA national championship gets underward, a Mercury Pre-Game Bash will take place between 3 p.m. And 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Golden Nugget pool patio. The Mercury Pre-Game Bash Captain’s meeting follows at 7 p.m.
Events get underway Wednesday with the Mercury Pre-Game Bash for Cash Weigh-in goes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Golden Nugget patio. The Mercury Pre-Game Bash Awards follows at 7 p.m.
The SKA has brought divisional and professional tournaments on the Coast over the last three decades.
Here are last year’s national champions in their respective classes: GForce/Bollman boats (single engine), Blondie (small boat) and Team Tuppens/Garmin (Open).
Weigh-ins for both Mercury and National championships are open and free to the public.