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  • Run-Off maintains Big Rock lead

    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 »

  • Run-Off runs off to Big Rock lead

    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 »

  • Big Rock tops $2.4 million

    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 »

  • Big Rock purse tops $2 million

    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 »

  • Delta Dawn wins 20th annual KWLA

    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 »

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