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  • No major changes at Big Rock

    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 »

  • Did Big Rock help change golf’s biggest prize?

    It’s somehow fitting that the U.S. Open golf championship and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament take place the same week every year. The two events will be forever linked by a strange set of circumstances that took place a dozen years ago, a happening that may have helped change the face of golf’s biggest event. Read more »

  • Hatteras Fever II grabs Big Rock lead

    Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper of Buxton, N.C., took the midpoint lead of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when it showed up at the scales Wednesday with a 465.3-pound blue marlin reeled in by angler Taylor Miller of Raleigh, N.C..

    Miller – a former Division I pitcher at Appalachian State University – tossed all of his energy into the rod and reel when the fish began to run away from the boat. Miller had never fought a blue marlin before, but he pitched all of his energy into the rod and reel and strong-armed his catch back to the boat in 28 minutes. Read more »

  • Sensation maintains Big Rock lead

    Gusty winds and lay-day forms were prominent Tuesday during the second day of the 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as most of the 100 boats entered in the event elected to stay in port.

    Anglers from 90 boats turned in lay day forms and just 10 boats ventured offshore. Winds reached 25 knots, whipping up 4-to-6 foot seas. Only one boat was able to catch and release a billfish as gamefish activity dominated the day. Read more »

  • Sensation(al) start for the 55th Big Rock

    A late Monday hookup added extra drama to the start of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as Sensation angler Trey Siner of Concord, N.C. reeled in a 423.8-pounder to give his team the early lead.

    Siner and Sensation captain Dale Britt, Morehead City, battled their fish for nearly two hours after it ran deep below the boat. Britt, who serves on the Big Rock Board of Directors, was initially worried the catch might not make weight. But those concerns were gone with the wind when his team jumped to the top spot on the tournament leader board. Read more »

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