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  • Inspiration flashes into second at 54th Big Rock

    Inspiration captain Casey Wagner, Morehead City, and angler Terry Clark, Beaufort, landed a 437.7-pound blue marlin Tuesday to grab second place in the 54th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament during the competition’s second day.

    But Wagner is second to none when it comes to special Big Rock moments. Read more »

  • Flybuoy opens 54th Big Rock with 499.3-pound blue marlin

    Flybuoy, captained by Robert Hollingsworth of Charleston, S.C., grabbed the inaugural lead of the 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with a huge catch that just missed a special prize.

    Flybuoy’s blue marlin tipped the scales at 499.3 pounds to jump into first place and position itself to win $444,050. But it just missed the 500 pound requirement to receive the tourney’s instant $246,500 Fabulous Fisherman’s prize. Read more »

  • Flybuoy opens 54th Big Rock with large blue marlin catch

    The 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament opened Monday under ideal conditions and this proved to be perfect for the crew of the Flybuoy..

    Flybuoy, captained by Todd Baxley of Charleston, S.C., landed the first blue marlin of the tourney after a 92-minute fight. Baxley is now headed toward the Big Rock scales and is estimated to arrive around 5:30 p.m. Read more »

  • 54th Big Rock under way with 120 boats ... $1,252,950 purse

    While college basketball fans have a “Sweet 16” to get excited about, competitors in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament are more thrilled about the number “15.”

    That’s because a huge offshore bite and a perfect weather forecast have combined to push the purse for the 54th Big Rock over the $1 million mark for the 15th straight year. Less than 24 hours ago, the 15th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament took place as Big Rock registrations continued. The 15th KWLA set multiple records as anglers on 70 boats caught and released 15 blue marlins, 12 white marlins and 3 sailfish. Read more »

  • Islander ladies win 15th Keli Wagner Lady Angler tourney

    The Islander fishing team released two blue marlins and two white marlins Saturday to win the 15th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament in record fashion.

    Islander lady anglers Abby Hooper, LeAnne Barry and Holly Wyche combined to top a field of 70 boats that hooked and released 15 blue marlins, 12 white marlins and 3 sailfish in the Gulf Stream waters offshore from Morehead City. The Islander team, captained by Bobby Schlegel, Rocky Mount, scored 1,050 points for its four releases, the highest release total in KWLA history. Read more »

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