Huge gamefish catches and a late flurry of billfish releases provided much of the excitement Tuesday during the second day of fishing in the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. A new leader emerged in the “Winner-Take-All” (WTA) dolphin category and a near-record wahoo was brought to the scales as leaders in the blue marlin division remained positioned just as they were when the day began. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Tue, 2017-06-13 20:57
Run-Off ran off with $467,500 Monday when the Morehead City-based charter boat landed a 533.8-pounder to grab the inaugural lead of the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Run-Off captain Brian Harrington, Morehead City, and his first mate, Marty Hiatt, worked with Matt Hanley of Glen Allen, VA, to help the seasoned angler land his first-ever blue marlin. All three said teamwork was the key to their success during the 92-minute fight. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Mon, 2017-06-12 18:42
Late Sunday registrations and early Monday upgrades pushed the 59th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament purse to $2,411,650 just minutes before the competition began, setting and breaking records with each new sign-up.
By 9 a.m. Monday – the time lines went into the water and registration ceased – it became clear that this year’s event would be historic in many ways. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Mon, 2017-06-12 18:07
There was a quiet excitement at Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament headquarters Sunday as event officials and staffers watched fishing teams continued to register for the upcoming six-day competition. Shortly before 2 p.m. it became official: Big Rock’s purse exceeded $2 million for the first time in tournament history.
By 5 p.m. Sunday, 172 boats were registered to take part in the competition. The purse surged to $2,321,975 and was expected to grow even more Sunday evening. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Sun, 2017-06-11 17:21
Delta Dawn angler Connie Thompson released a blue marlin and a white marlin Saturday to help her team defeat a record field of 144 boats and capture the 20th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament.
While Thompson’s two catches were key, an 8.9-pound dolphin landed by Delta Dawn angler Nina Foust proved to be the difference. Foust’s catch broke a tie with the lady anglers aboard Full Pull who released a blue marlin and a sailfish but did not weigh in a gamefish. That gave Delta Dawn the first place prize of $15,300. Read more »Submitted by thebigrock on Sat, 2017-06-10 19:32