Eye Catcher snags Big Rock lead

Sometimes great things happen in the blink of an eye.

Eye Catcher, a Wrightsville Beach-based boat captained by Burrows Smith, Wilmington, hooked a 606.9-pound blue marlin just 11 minutes after the start of the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and rookie angler Randy Kelley, Wrightsville Beach, reeled in the big catch in just 46 minutes. Read more »

Big Rock purse reaches $1 million for 17th straight year

As registrations for the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament reached 120 boat entries Sunday, tournament officials knew the competition would reach a seven-figure milestone for the 17th consecutive year. Read more »

Bill Collector wins 17th annual KWLA tournament

Bill Collector anglers Linda Rice, Morehead City, and Jill Wilson, Cedar Point, combined to release a blue marlin and a sailfish Saturday to defeat a record field of 81 boats and win the 17 annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament.

Rice reeled in and released her blue marlin at 9:31 a.m., but it was the sailfish that Wilson released 72 minutes later that gave Bill Collector the lead for good and a $8,606 share of the $17,212 purse. Read more »

Schedule of Events

Lady Angler Event Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Sponsors Reception Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 5:30pm
Captain's Party Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
Captains Meeting Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30pm
Sunday Pig Pickin' Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 6:00pm
Wednesday Dinner Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
Bailey's Luncheon Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:00am
Awards Banquet Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:00pm