Get ready for the 30th Annual SKA National Championship in Morehead City, North Carolina, November 30-December 2, 2023!
This is a TWO DAY, TWO FISH AGGREGATE event. Fishing Days Thursday
Friday and Saturday.
Due to upcoming weather conditions, please note the following changes:
Fishing days will now be THURSDAY, November 30 and SATURDAY, December 2. No fishing FRIDAY.
Nationals will now be a CAPTAIN'S CHOICE event.
You can EITHER fish BOTH DAYS, weighing ONE fish PER DAY
Fish ONE DAY only, weighing TWO fish on that day
No team can weigh more than two fish total across both fishing days. If a team weighs two fish on Day 1, they are not eligible to weigh any fish on Day 2. If a team does not weigh a fish on Day 1, they are eligible to weigh two fish on Day 2.
Ranking will still be determined by the aggregate of two fish. If only one fish weighed, single fish still count toward overall and aggregate Kingfish Calcutta ranking.
For Daily Kingfish Calcuttas, if a team ONLY FISHES ONE DAY, the heaviest fish will be counted for Fishing Day 1 and the second fish will be counted for Fishing Day 2 regardless of the day weighed. If only ONE fish weighed, it will count for Fishing Day 1 - NOT both days.
Registration for the 2023 SKA National Championships is by INVITATION ONLY. Invitations have gone out by email to qualified teams. If you believe you should have received an invitaton but did not, first check your SPAM/JUNK folder, then contact us.
Online pre-registration is CLOSED. In-person registration fee is $850 starting November 29. In-person registration in Morehead City will be available November 29, 2023 between 12PM and 9PM. Card payments will include a 4% processing fee. Kingfish Calcuttas (TWTs) are CASH ONLY in-person November 29, 2023 between 12PM and 9PM.
ROCK THE RECORD
The PointClickFish ROCK THE RECORD is a chance for participating teams to win $100,000 by beating the SKA North Carolina King Mackerel record of 66.55 lbs. Learn more here.
The first 100 teams to pre-register by November 28 at 11:59PM are automatically entered for FREE! Teams over 100 and teams registering in person in Morehead City before the event can enter with a $200 additional fee. Complete rules here. DON'T MISS OUT!!!!
No checkout. Lines in at 7AM each fishing day.
One fish weighed per day Captain's Choice; two fishing days. SEE WEATHER UPDATE ABOVE. For complete rules, view the PDF. Last updated November 29, 2023 8:18PM.
The payouts below are based on 100 Open Class and 25 Small Boat teams. We'll adjust the final payment structure according to the number of registered teams. For the National Championship, the SKA will pay out 100% of entry fees.
OPEN CLASS:(10 Places based on 100 Boats)
- $9,000 plus Loadmasters Trailer credit
- $7,000 plus Cannon Downrigger prize package
SMALL BOAT CLASS:(5 Places based on 25 Boats)
- $12,500 plus Loadmaster Trailers credit
- $3,000 plus Cannon Downrigger prize package
- $2,000 plus Fell Marine prize package
All TWTs are optional. Kingfish Calcuttas (TWTs) are CASH ONLY in-person November 29, 2023 between 12PM and 9PM
and November 30, 2023 between 12PM and 4PM. SEE WEATHER UPDATE ABOVE for Daily Big Fish updates.
50/30/20 Split TWTs:
Open Class Big Fish Day 1 TWT - $100
Open Class Big Fish Day 2 TWT - $100
Small Boat Big Fish Day 1 TWT - $100
Small Boat Big Fish Day 2 TWT - $100
Big Fish TWT - $250
High Roller TWT - $1,000
Big 40 TWT - $100 (Closest to 40lbs)
2-Fish Aggregate TWT - $250
Winner Take All TWTs:
2-Fish Aggregate WTA TWT - $500
NEW! Big Money 2-Fish Aggregate WTA TWT - $2,000
SCHEDULE - REVISED November 27
TUESDAY, Nov 28
Last day of online Pre-registration ($800) and free Rock the Record entry to first 100 boats at 11:59PM
WEDNESDAY, Nov 29 at Big Rock Landing
In-person pre-registration: 12PM - 9PM
Division Awards & Captain's Party: 5:30 - 9:30PM
Captain's Meeting: 7:30PM
(Last day for Pre-Registration ($850), Kingfish Calcutta (TWT Cash ONLY) and Rock the Record entry ($200))
THURSDAY, Nov 30 at Big Rock Landing
Fishing Day 1: Lines in the water at 7:00AM
Weigh-In: Opens at 3:30PM, must be at check in by 5:00PM
FRIDAY, Dec 1, 2023 at Big Rock Landing
SKA Tournament Tent Open: 3:30pm - 8:00pm
SATURDAY, Dec 2, 2023 at Big Rock Landing
Fishing Day 2: Lines in the water at 7:00AM
Weigh-in: 3:00PM, must be at check-in by 4:00PM
SKA Nationals Awards: 7:30pm
HOTELS & RENTALS
The SKA has partnered with THREE hotels for convenient access to the Nationals venue at Jaycee Park/Big Rock Landing in Morehead City: Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Palm Suites of Atlantic Beach and Hampton Inn Morehead City!
If calling to book reservations, be sure to mention the Group Code found in your Invitation email. BOOK BY NOVEMBER 13 at the Bask Hotel or Palm Suites TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GROUP RATES!
Hampton Inn has extended the Group Rate deadline! BOOK TODAY!
To Book Online:
Select "BOOK NOW+"
Towards the bottom, click on "+Do you have a group code?"
Enter your code - "SKA112723" into the pop-up box
Click "SEARCH AVAILABILITY"
Enter check-in and check-out dates or # of nights
Click "SEARCH AVAILABILITY" again
Beaufort Hotel, Beaufort – 2440 Lennoxville Rd (Map) - beauforthotelnc.com - 252-728-3000
Atlantis Lodge, Atlantic Beach – 123 Salter Path Rd (Map) - atlantislodge.com - 252-726-5168
Doubletree, Atlantic Beach – 2717 W Ft Macon Rd (Map) - hilton.com - 252-240-1155
Spectrum Properties – spectrumproperties.com - 252-247-7610
Realty World First Coast Realty – realtyworldfirstcoast.com / ncvacations.com
Gull Isle Realty – 252-726-0427
Atlantic Beach Realty – 800-786-7368
MARINAS & BOAT RAMPS
Morehead City Yacht Basin – 208 Arendell St, Morehead City (Map) - 252-726-6862, mcyachtbasin.com (fuel, slip rentals)
Portside Marina – 209 Arendell St, Morehead City (Map) - 252-726-7678, portsidemarina.com (fuel, slips, repairs, ice, ship store)
Radio Island Marina – 156 Radio Island Dr, Beaufort (Map) - 252-726-3773, radioislandmarina.com (fuel, repairs, ship store)
The Boathouse Marina – 2400 Lennoxville Rd, Beaufort (Map) - 252-838-1524, loggerheadmarinas.com (fuel, ship store)
70 West Marina – 4401 Arendell St, Morehead City (Map) - 252-726-5171,70westmarina.com (fuel, repairs, ship store, bait, ice, tackle)
Town Creek Marina – 114 Town Creek Dr, Beaufort (Map) - 252-728-6111, towncreekmarina.com (fuel, ice, bait, ship store, tackle)
Morehead City Boat Ramp – 3407 Arendell St, Morehead City (Map)
South 10th Street Boat Ramp –909 Shepard St, Morehead City (Map)
Newport River Boat Ramp – 301 HWY 70, Radio Island (between Morehead City & Beaufort) (Map)
Town Creek/Gallants Channel Boat Ramp – beside Town Creek Marina, Beaufort (Map)
Beaufort Boat Ramp – Lennoxville Rd beside The Boathouse, Beaufort (Map)
Emerald Isle Boat Ramp – 6800 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle (Map)
Harker's Island Boat Ramp – Harker's Island Rd, Harker's Island (Map)
BAIT, TACKLE, EQUIPMENT
FOOD & ATTRACTIONS
Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant – 501 Evans St, Morehead City (Map) - sanitaryfishmarket.com
Jack's on the Waterfront – 513 Evans St, Morehead City (Map) - jacksonthewaterfront.com
Redfish Grill & Bar – 711 Evans St, Morehead City (Map) - redfishgrillandbar.com
Circa 81 – 4650 Arendell St, Morehead City (Map) - circa-81.com
Southern Salt Seafood Company – 701 Evans St, Morehead City (Map) - southernsaltseafood.com
North Carolina Aquarium – 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores (Map) - ncaquariums.com
Fort Macon State Park – 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach (Map) - ncparks.gov