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 »
BMW will be onsite each day of the tournament showcasing the newest BMW models including the all-new 2012 BMW 6 Series. In addition to the 6 Series, BMW will feature the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series, Z4 and the X5. This is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of The Ultimate Driving Machine® and experience the thrill firsthand. BMW will be located near the weigh station, so be sure to visit the test-drive area and learn more about our exciting vehicles.
BMW is present at the weigh station each day for test drives...come on out and test drive one of these fine vehicles!
MOREHEAD CITY — The “waiting game” portion of the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament ended late Saturday as tournament officials watched registrants push the purse over $1 million for the 14th straight year.
By 8 p.m. Sunday, 135 boats were registered to compete and the Big Rock purse reached $1,464,925. Read more »
MOREHEAD CITY — Fin Hunter caught and released the first billfish of the 14th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament and that proved good enough for the win.
The Fin Hunter anglers released a sailfish worth 125 points exactly one hour into the competition. Two other boats – Stream Weaver and Fight-N-Lady – managed to catch and release sailfish as well, but those teams finished second and third, respectively, because tiebreaking criteria rewards the boat that scores the most release points first. Fin Hunter will receive $7,118.75 for the victory. Read more »
MOREHEAD CITY — Competitors on 66 boats headed offshore early Saturday to compete in the 14th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament, a one-day billfish event that donates all of its proceeds to the Raab Cancer Center at Carteret General Hospital.
Lady anglers on the Fin Hunter recorded the first release of the day after 61 minutes of early fishing. The competition includes six additional non-competing teams who paid the $500 entry fee to support the KWLA and its charity. Read more »
Billfish competitors have already started signing up for the upcoming 53rd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament held this year on June 10-18th, 2011. These registrants take their first step toward winning part of a cash purse that’s exceeded $1 million dollars each of the past fourteen years. Quite a change from the original Big Rock purse of $250 silver dollars! Read more »
The new 53rd Annual Big Rock short sleeve shirts are now stocked at tournament headquarters and your local retailers. Custom Color brand shirts come in Sunburst, Mystic Blue, Celedon and the white will be a 6.1 oz Gildan. Youth are available in blue, white and pink. The new KWLA shirts come in Pink and White and feature art from two of the Wagner children.
Area retailers include:
MOREHEAD CITY: Tournament Headquarters, 70 West Marina, Dee Gee’s Gifts & Books, EJW Outdoors, Gloria’s Hallmark, Morehead Gulf Dock, Morehead City Yacht Basin, Wal-Mart and WalGreens. Read more »
On March 14, 2011, an Order was filed in Carteret County Superior Court dismissing a lawsuit brought by the owners of the vessel Citation challenging their disqualification from the 2010 Big Rock Tournament. In the Order dismissing the case, the Court declared that the vessel Citation had “violated Tournament Rules, and thus was properly disqualified” from the 2010 Tournament. The Order declared that the vessel Carnivore was entitled first place winnings for the Tournament, and that the vessel Wet-N-Wild was entitled to second place winnings. Read more »
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament board of directors made their largest contribution to one organization last night for $200,000 to seed the new Crystal Coast Hospice House project. This announcement was made during the Crystal Coast Hospice House fund raiser held in Morehead City at Bistro-by-the-Sea.
With overwhelming sponsor support, The Big Rock board has been able to donate more than 2 million dollars to worthy projects since 1988 with an average of $100,000 per year. Read more »