October 1, 2016 Held annually on the same weekend as the King Mackerel Tournament, the Kids Fishing Tournament fills the Southport Pier with junior anglers (up to age 15) from 10 AM until 12 PM (registration begins at 9 AM) while the senior anglers are out at sea. A joint effort of the Southport Recreation Department and the Southport Lions Club along with some retail sponsors, it is a big event for the kids, who bring their own rod and reel and bait. The first 100 kids receive a free T-shirt, and there are free pizza and drinks for everyone. There are door prizes throughout the tournament, the prize for the biggest fish is a rod and reel, and there are many other prizes donated by merchants. Best of all, this is a catch-and-release tournament — an environmental lesson for kids.
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