As the first half of the 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament came to a close Wednesday, competitors needed to look ahead and not in the rear view mirror.
Just two of the 120 boats in the field are eligible to fish the remaining three days of the competition. Only 26 boats will be allowed to fish two days. That means the other 92 boats have just one day of fishing remaining. Captains on those 92 boats will have to choose wisely if they hope to catch a blue marlin big enough to win. Read more »
Inspiration captain Casey Wagner, Morehead City, and angler Terry Clark, Beaufort, landed a 437.7-pound blue marlin Tuesday to grab second place in the 54th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament during the competition’s second day.
But Wagner is second to none when it comes to special Big Rock moments. Read more »
Flybuoy, captained by Robert Hollingsworth of Charleston, S.C., grabbed the inaugural lead of the 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with a huge catch that just missed a special prize.
Flybuoy’s blue marlin tipped the scales at 499.3 pounds to jump into first place and position itself to win $444,050. But it just missed the 500 pound requirement to receive the tourney’s instant $246,500 Fabulous Fisherman’s prize. Read more »
The 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament opened Monday under ideal conditions and this proved to be perfect for the crew of the Flybuoy..
Flybuoy, captained by Todd Baxley of Charleston, S.C., landed the first blue marlin of the tourney after a 92-minute fight. Baxley is now headed toward the Big Rock scales and is estimated to arrive around 5:30 p.m. Read more »
While college basketball fans have a “Sweet 16” to get excited about, competitors in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament are more thrilled about the number “15.”
That’s because a huge offshore bite and a perfect weather forecast have combined to push the purse for the 54th Big Rock over the $1 million mark for the 15th straight year. Less than 24 hours ago, the 15th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament took place as Big Rock registrations continued. The 15th KWLA set multiple records as anglers on 70 boats caught and released 15 blue marlins, 12 white marlins and 3 sailfish. Read more »
The Islander fishing team released two blue marlins and two white marlins Saturday to win the 15th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament in record fashion.
Islander lady anglers Abby Hooper, LeAnne Barry and Holly Wyche combined to top a field of 70 boats that hooked and released 15 blue marlins, 12 white marlins and 3 sailfish in the Gulf Stream waters offshore from Morehead City. The Islander team, captained by Bobby Schlegel, Rocky Mount, scored 1,050 points for its four releases, the highest release total in KWLA history. Read more »
When Big Rock president Casey Wagner stood in front of a large gathering Friday night at the Crystal Coast Civic Center to announce that 70 boats had registered for the one-day billfish event named in honor of his late wife, it seemed hard to believe that just a dozen years before the event drew much less than half that number. Read more »
Big Rock Landing boats have all reported blue marlin bites throughout the the last week of fishing on the Crystal Coast while all boats continue to catch massive amounts of dolphin.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament will kick off on June 8th with the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Reception and its one-day ladies tournament June 9th. Later that evening the Captain's Party will host Sleeping Booty, a great North Carolina band, that will keep you dancing the night away!
Registration is open now for both tournaments....come on and fish!! Read more »
For 2012 only, participating boats may depart alternative NC inlets to include Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Inlet, Ocracoke Inlet or Beaufort Inlet. The NC Governor’s Cup will be providing state certified scales at Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo, Hatteras Harbor Marina in Hatteras Village and at Big Rock Landing in Morehead City. Festivities at the Hatteras Village Civic Center will take place as planned including the Kick-Off Tuesday, May 15, the Cookout at the Hatteras Marlin Club on Thursday, May 17 and the Awards Banquet Saturday, May 19. Read more »
The 54th Annual Big Rock tournament program has arrived in the office and will be delivered to area retailers, restaurants, hotels and condos in the following weeks.
The beautiful 148-page full color program features the 2012 sponsors, 2011 participants, schedule of events, 2011 winner's photos, charities and a special section and timeline on the 15th Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament. Read more »