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  • Friday the 13th unlucky ... except for Big Rock leaders

    Friday the 13th proved unlucky at the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as the billfish bite became a ghost of itself after four great days of fishing.

    Only three blue marlin and two white marlin releases were recorded by the 50 boats that fished the penultimate day of competition. Just 55-of-120 boats in the field are eligible to fish Saturday as the 56th Big Rock draws to a close. Read more »

  • Ava D takes over third; Inspiration still leads

    Two changes to third place during the fourth day of fishing provided plenty of excitement at the weigh station Thursday as the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament sequenced toward the final days of competition.

    Chainlink captain Ralph Griffin, Morehead City, and his crew edged Carnivore’s catch (410.7 pounds) out of third place with a 412.7-pound blue marlin reeled in by angler Ben Seegars, Goldsboro. Chainlink’s two-pound nudge cost Carnivore’s fishing team $345,405. Read more »

  • Inspiration continues Big Rock lead

    The 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament reached its midpoint Wednesday with no major changes to the standings. The only blue marlin brought to the scales did not measure at least 110 inches in lower jaw fork length or weigh 400 pounds and did not meet tournament minimums.

    That means Inspiration captain Casey Wagner, Morehead City, and angler Bruce Brown, Nags Head, continue to hold the Big Rock lead with a 754.3 pound blue marlin landed Monday after a fight that lasted 4 hours and 35 minutes. Inspiration’s catch is the largest blue marlin caught during the Big Rock this century. Read more »

  • Inspiration maintains Big Rock lead

    The second day of the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament proved much different than the first as Tuesday action centered on billfish releases, gamefish catches, and odd offshore accidents.

    Monday fishing was outstanding. Three huge blue marlins were brought to the Big Rock scales, including the largest tournament blue marlin caught this century. Inspiration captain Casey Wagner, Morehead City, and angler Bruce Brown, Nags Head, grabbed the Big Rock lead with a 754.3 pound blue marlin that was landed after a 4 hour 35 minute fight. Read more »

  • Inspiration leads Big Rock with 754.3-pound blue marlin

    Inspiration captain Casey Wagner, Morehead City, and angler Bruce Brown of Nags Head capped a remarkable first day of fishing in the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when they took over first place Monday evening with a 754.3-pounder caught after a 4.5 hour fight.

    Brown reeled in the largest blue marlin caught during the Big Rock this century. But when he spoke to reporters, he downplayed his role during the catch and talked instead of the teamwork that made it possible. Read more »

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