The Big Rock board of directors is pleased to welcome Donna Hardy as the new Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament director for the upcoming 2014 KWLA tournament which will take place June 6, 2014. She replaces Kyra Moore who held the position for the previous four years.
The Big Rock Keli Wagner tournament is a one-day billfish release tournament held the week before Big Rock begins. Proceeds from this tournament are donated to the local Raab Cancer Clinic for patient comfort and care. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Wed, 2014-02-05 15:30
Let a fever-pitched celebration begin!
Hatteras Fever II captured the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament Saturday when it survived a wild final day that featured 30 blue marlin releases. Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper, showed up at the scales Wednesday with a 465.3-pound blue marlin that was reeled in by Raleigh angler Taylor Miller. This catch turned out to be worth $478,050 when no other qualifying blue marlins were landed. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Sat, 2013-06-15 19:15
When Saturday fishing hours were used up, the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament headed to overtime since three boats were still hooked up.
Reel Dreams, Blue Magic and Crack of Dawn were hooked up prior to the end of fishing at 2 p.m. Reel Dreams, captained by Shane Malone, Greenville, Blue Magic, captained by John King, Charlotte, and Crack of Dawn, captained by Geoff Flynt, Beaufort, are all allowed to battle their billfish until a conclusion to the fight is reached. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Sat, 2013-06-15 15:13
When it became evident that no blue marlin would be brought to the scales Friday, the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament changed from a six-day event to a one-day shootout.
That’s because 99-of-100 boats in the field still have the opportunity to go offshore Saturday and win a lion’s share of the $1,154,625 purse. In the past two decades, all but one Big Rock winning catch weighed more than the current Big Rock leader. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Fri, 2013-06-14 19:55
When the fourth day of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament came to an end Thursday, contestants were probably more concerned with what lay ahead than what had already happened.
Just 30-of-100 boats elected to go offshore as gusty winds and rough seas made fishing difficult for the second time in three days. Anglers released two blue marlins, two white marlins and one sailfish but there were no changes to the overall release standings or any of the top gamefish categories. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Thu, 2013-06-13 19:08