The Big Rock Board of Directors mourns the loss of our dear friend, long-time participant and Major Sponsor, Tom Coble. Tom will be remembered for his integrity, strong faith, and contributor to the common good. We ask that you keep the Coble family in your prayers as they deal with this unbearable loss.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin long-sleeve 2012 shirts are on sale now online and at tournament headquarters.
The original art was designed by North Carolina artist, Steve Goione and showcases the Big Rock weigh station...where everyone wants to be! The shirts are available now in black and white unisex sizing with washed denim blue on the way. The lady-cut shirts will be avialable next week in watermelon, bright blue, and blossom pink.
Youth shirts are also on the way in periwinkle blue and white.
These shirts are a big Christmas item and will sell out!! Get yours while they last!
The success of the 2011 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, allows the board of directors to once again give back to area charities.
On Thursday, July 14, 2011, The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board of Directors presented $74,500 to 13 worthy organizations from the 53rd Annual Big Rock Tournament. Combined with the record making $200,000 donation to the new Crystal Coast Hospice House, this year’s donation propelled the cumulative contributions since 1988 to $2,407,658.00! Read more »
The Double B won the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament without a last-minute scare when no hook-ups took place Saturday during the final six hours of fishing.
Kenny Sexton, Manteo, captain of the Double B, grabbed the lead for good Monday afternoon when he showed up at the Big Rock scales with a 652.8-pound blue marlin reeled in by Travis Stephenson of Angier. Sexton and crew receive $524,375 for the victory. Read more »
A brisk southwest wind has shifted the spectacular fishing of yesterday to a slow bite. So far of the 32 boats fishing in the last day of the tournament, we have recorded no hook-ups.. Someone did catch a dolphin today so we will have gamefish at the scales!
Tonight's Awards Banquet will begin at 7:00 pm at the Crystal Coast Convention Center.
Release grabbed the lead in the billfish release division Friday, the only major shake-up to the leaderboard as the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament heads into its final day.
Rom Whitaker, Hatteras, who captains the Release, followed up five white marlin releases Thursday with a blue marlin and a white marlin release Friday to increase his release point total to 1,150. That tops the 1,050 points earned earlier in the week by Jesus Freak, captained by David Walker of Mechanicsville, Va. Walker’s crew released two blue marlins and two white marlins. Read more »
Even though the fourth day of the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament produced more billfish activity than any previous day, nobody was able to catch a blue marlin big enough to bring to the scales.
Anglers on 113-of-135 released seven blue marlins, 31 white marlins and 3 sailfish as the billfish bite increased for a second straight day. But the big blue marlin proved elusive and the division remains unchanged as Big Rock heads into its final two days. Read more »
The second day of the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament gave no indication it would be different from the first, but Tuesday proved to be the polar opposite of Monday since there were few changes to the leader board.
Even though wind, temperature and sea state were about the same, the bite wasn’t. Competitors on 121-of-135 boats that headed offshore managed just six blue marlin releases and three white marlin releases during six hours of fishing. Read more »
MOREHEAD CITY — The 53rd Big Blue Marlin Tournament opened to a full gamut of emotions Monday as competitors experience a full range of highs and lows during the first six hours of fishing.
It was a day unlike any other in Big Rock history. Read more »