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  • ‘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 »

  • 57th Annual Official Big Rock Art

    Artist Jason Mathias, specializing in realistic marine life art, has created a stunning piece for this year's Big Rock Tournament. The original artwork, a vivid and awe-inspiring image of our tournament's namesake, the beloved blue marlin, will be auctioned off at the Saturday Awards Banquet.

    Jason Mathias, this year's talented artist, will be on hand at all Big Rock events to showcase his art, as well as other original pieces including his marlin phone cases commissioned by OtterBox. Read more »

  • Viking 62 grabs Big Rock lead

    Viking 62 captain Brian Komer of Rivera Beach, Fla., showed a flare for the dramatic Monday when he motored into the new Big Rock weigh station with a 680-pound blue marlin to snag the early lead in the 57th annual event.

    The New Jersey-based boat rolled off the production line four days ago. But Komer’s seasoned fishing team knew what to do when they hooked up a big blue marlin.

    “We had great teamwork out there today,” said angler Earle Hall of Hampton, VA. “Each of us had a job to do and Brian made it easy. We knew we had a big fish when we got it to the boat.” Read more »

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