Let a fever-pitched celebration begin!
Hatteras Fever II captured the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament Saturday when it survived a wild final day that featured 30 blue marlin releases. Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper, showed up at the scales Wednesday with a 465.3-pound blue marlin that was reeled in by Raleigh angler Taylor Miller. This catch turned out to be worth $478,050 when no other qualifying blue marlins were landed. Read more »
When Saturday fishing hours were used up, the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament headed to overtime since three boats were still hooked up.
Reel Dreams, Blue Magic and Crack of Dawn were hooked up prior to the end of fishing at 2 p.m. Reel Dreams, captained by Shane Malone, Greenville, Blue Magic, captained by John King, Charlotte, and Crack of Dawn, captained by Geoff Flynt, Beaufort, are all allowed to battle their billfish until a conclusion to the fight is reached. Read more »
When it became evident that no blue marlin would be brought to the scales Friday, the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament changed from a six-day event to a one-day shootout.
That’s because 99-of-100 boats in the field still have the opportunity to go offshore Saturday and win a lion’s share of the $1,154,625 purse. In the past two decades, all but one Big Rock winning catch weighed more than the current Big Rock leader. Read more »
When the fourth day of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament came to an end Thursday, contestants were probably more concerned with what lay ahead than what had already happened.
Just 30-of-100 boats elected to go offshore as gusty winds and rough seas made fishing difficult for the second time in three days. Anglers released two blue marlins, two white marlins and one sailfish but there were no changes to the overall release standings or any of the top gamefish categories. Read more »
It’s somehow fitting that the U.S. Open golf championship and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament take place the same week every year. The two events will be forever linked by a strange set of circumstances that took place a dozen years ago, a happening that may have helped change the face of golf’s biggest event. Read more »
Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper of Buxton, N.C., took the midpoint lead of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when it showed up at the scales Wednesday with a 465.3-pound blue marlin reeled in by angler Taylor Miller of Raleigh, N.C..
Miller – a former Division I pitcher at Appalachian State University – tossed all of his energy into the rod and reel when the fish began to run away from the boat. Miller had never fought a blue marlin before, but he pitched all of his energy into the rod and reel and strong-armed his catch back to the boat in 28 minutes. Read more »
Gusty winds and lay-day forms were prominent Tuesday during the second day of the 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as most of the 100 boats entered in the event elected to stay in port.
Anglers from 90 boats turned in lay day forms and just 10 boats ventured offshore. Winds reached 25 knots, whipping up 4-to-6 foot seas. Only one boat was able to catch and release a billfish as gamefish activity dominated the day. Read more »
A late Monday hookup added extra drama to the start of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as Sensation angler Trey Siner of Concord, N.C. reeled in a 423.8-pounder to give his team the early lead.
Siner and Sensation captain Dale Britt, Morehead City, battled their fish for nearly two hours after it ran deep below the boat. Britt, who serves on the Big Rock Board of Directors, was initially worried the catch might not make weight. But those concerns were gone with the wind when his team jumped to the top spot on the tournament leader board. Read more »
Sunny skies and light breezes encouraged 98 of the 100 boats entered in the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament to head offshore Monday morning and try to win a share of the $1,154,625 purse.
The Big Rock registration reached 100 boats late Sunday, a total that looked in jeopardy earlier that day. That was because Tropical Storm Andrea prevented several boats from reaching the area because of rough seas during the days leading up to the event. Read more »