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  • Viking 62 wins 57th Big Rock

    Even though the Viking 62 team enjoyed an enormous lead throughout the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, the final hours proved a bit agonizing until the contest was finally over.

    Viking 62, captain Brian Komer, Riviera Beach, Fla., and angler Earle Hall, Hampton, Va., took the tournament’s inaugural lead early Monday when they showed up at the scales with a 680-pound blue marlin. Their catch was big enough to win 26 of the past 30 Big Rock competitions, but that didn’t make the final hours of the tournament go by any faster. Read more »

  • Few Friday Changes as Big Rock Heads To Final Day

    A few anxious onlookers breathed a sigh of relief Friday when Sushi rolled up to the 57th Big Rock weigh station with a catch that failed to change the leader board.

    Sushi, captained by Charley Pereira, Nags Head, boated a 419.1-pound blue marlin reeled in by Clayton angler Josh Barnes. When the weight of the Sushi catch was announced to the weigh station crowd, members of the EZ Boy crew –anchored 150 yards away – celebrated with the knowledge they’d enter the final day of the competition securely in second place. Read more »

  • ‘Good Call’ puts EZ Boy second at Big Rock

    EZ Boy, a 40-foot Winter powered by three Yamaha outboard engines, grabbed the outboard division lead Thursday and second place overall in the 57th Big Rock with a 556.3-pound blue marlin that was nearly set free.

    EZ Boy captain Van Pierce, Trinity, N.C., and his fishing team didn’t want to take a blue marlin if it made more sense to score a billfish release. After a 66-minute fight, Pierce’s mates got a good measurement of their catch and had an important decision to make. Read more »

  • Outboard shines during Big Rock's midpoint day

    One day after rough offshore conditions made billfish hookups nonexistent, competitors in the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament experienced a steadily improving bite Wednesday that helped propel an outboard division entrant into the spotlight.

    Reel Pleasure, a 33-foot outboard captained by Jeff Kingo, Raleigh, put angler Mike Fiuzat of Houston, Tx., over a pod of blue marlins around 10 a.m. After hooking and losing their first blue marlin, Fiuzat made the most of his second chance by reeling in a 451.8-pounder to grab first place in the inaugural Big Rock outboard division. Read more »

  • Viking 62 maintains Big Rock lead

    The crew of the Viking 62 coasted through the second day of the 57th annual Big Rock with a sizable lead Tuesday as rough offshore conditions convinced 145-of-149 boats in the competition to stay in port.

    No blue marlins were landed Tuesday and no billfish hookups were reported in wave conditions estimated to be between 4 and 5 feet. Read more »