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  • Second Day at Big Rock

    The second day of the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament failed to match the excitement of the first as no blue marlins were brought to the scales and only two were hooked and released following a record-setting Monday.

    Big Rock competitors had high hopes for a great day Tuesday after Citation set a new Big Rock record with an 883-pound blue marlin caught late Monday by Andy Thomasson of Richmond, Va. Those hopes were dashed by the end of the day when 103-of-156 teams that fished managed just 11 hook-ups and seven releases. Read more »

  • Second Day Anticipation has 103 Boats Fishing

    As the second day of competition for the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament kicks off there is a buzz of excitement in the air. With a record-topping opening day, this year has already written its spot in the books. But, the notion of luck still lingers making teams eager to capitalize on some of it themselves playing a pivotal role in influencing 103 of the Big Rock competitor's decision to fish today. Read more »

  • Citation Breaks Big Rock Record on Opening Day

    Citation captained by Eric Holmes of Buxton deserves a meritorious citation for the fish he brought to the scales on the first day of the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

    Holmes put the Citation crew into a dominating lead with a tournament record 883-pound blue marlin. The Citation’s monster-sized catch topped the 831-pounder caught by Ron Wallschlager aboard Summertime Blues during the 42nd Big Rock. It instantly earned the Citation crew a $318,750 prize for landing the first blue marlin to weigh more than 500 pounds. Read more »

  • Update: 156 boats enter 52nd Big Rock

    A last-minute registration rush pushed the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament to a field of 156 boats and a purse of $1,664,450 as the competition got underway Monday morning.

    Five registrations Sunday night and three more Monday morning before the 9 a.m. deadline pushed the total to one more entry than the tournament had last year at the start of fishing. It means a team could win $912,825 if entered in all Blue Marlin levels. Read more »

  • 52nd Big Rock attracts 156 entries as purse reaches $1.6 million

    Historically speaking, every Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament develops its own distinctiveness.

    In 2007 there were three lead changes in one day. In 2008, the Artemis led wire to wire. Last year, Sea Creature won on the final day of the competition, helping Steve “Creature” Coulter notch his second Big Rock win as a captain. Read more »

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