The North Carolina Ducks Unlimited "Band The Billfish" tournament will be held this weekend, July 29-31 and our own Randy Ramsey will be announcing the fishing as it happens on the Big Rock radio.
Listen to channel 72 for up to the minute notifications of releases and if any blue marlin will be weighed.
All weigh-in's will be held each afternoon beginning around 4:00 at Big Rock weigh station, 405 Evans Street in downtown Morehead City.
June 21, 2010
Big Rock Press Release
The Big Rock Board of Directors is still in the process of investigating the alleged rule violation by the fishing vessel "Citation" with regards to the 883 pound Marlin weighed in on June 14, 2010. The violation centers on whether the Mate on the "Citation" had been timely issued a Coastal Recreational Fishing License required by our Tournament as well as the State of North Carolina. We have been in contact with the Division of Marine Fisheries as well as the NC Attorney General's Office. Read more »
This morning as the final day of the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament got underway, 119-of-156 boats in the competition still have a chance to affect the final standings.
Since 37 boats are fished out, some of our current leaders must wait at the docks to see if their leads can stand up one more day. Many divisional leads were tenuous as the final six hours of fishing began. Read more »
Wet-N-Wild, a boat captained by Tony Ross of Beaufort, experienced a day offshore much like it’s name.
Ross and crew took over third place in the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when they arrived at the scales Friday afternoon with a 460-pound catch reeled in by Joseph Engleby of Nazareth, Pa. Ross, who grew up in the Big Rock’s backyard always dreamed of fishing in this event. Now he has the Wet-N-Wild team in position to win $144,380. Read more »
The fifth day of competition for the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has 142 of the 155 eligible boats fishing. That means 36 of Friday’s competitors are fishing their final day and 119 boats will be eligible to fish Saturday.
“I expect a really exciting finish.” said Big Rock president Randy Ramsey. “The captains are getting on the fish. They’re getting on a rhythm of where fish are feeding. You put a big fleet out there and they will have a real opportunity to find them.” Read more »
The start of the second half of the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament invigorated many of the competing teams Thursday, as fisherman tallied 19 billfish releases to double the total of any previous day.
Marlin Gull, captained by Richard Howell of Kitty Hawk, racked up three billfish releases, including two white marlins and one sailfish. This gives the Marlin Gull team 375 points and puts them within striking distance of the billfish release leaders with one day left to fish. Read more »
The 52nd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament reached its midpoint in style Wednesday as Carnivore landed a 528.3-pound blue marlin and grabbed second place in the overall standings.
Carnivore captain Ed Petrilli of Cape Carteret put his team in position to win $217,570 when angler John Parks of Jacksonville reeled in a blue marlin that was originally thought to be too small.
“We weren’t sure how big it was,” said Petrilli. “Then it jumped about 10 times and we got a good look at it. Then we knew it was big enough. It was a fat fish.” Read more »