MOREHEAD CITY, NC (January 18, 2017)- The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament board of directors announced Wednesday that Jarrett Bay Boatworks, a premier builder of custom sportfishing boats in North Carolina, has been named the official Major Sponsor for 2017, 2018 and 2019 tournament seasons.

“Jarrett Bay Boatworks is a leader in the custom sportfish construction industry and among the most globally recognized boating brands for their iconic “Carolina Flare” styling. As such great ambassadors for our sport, and long history of supporting the Big Rock, we couldn’t be more excited to have them step into the Presenting Sponsor role”, said tournament director, Crystal Hesmer. 

“We are grateful to have this association with Jarrett Bay”, commented Billy Kornegay, Big Rock President. “Randy has not only served tirelessly on the board but has contributed a substantial amount of effort to the growth in sponsorship and participants. We could not be more pleased to see Jarrett Bay as our Major Sponsor.”

Owner, Randy Ramsey has served on the Big Rock board for more than 30 years and has been a strong leader in placing Big Rock on the forefront of world-class fishing tournaments.

"The Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament holds so much meaning for me personally. The years of excitement I enjoyed as a charter captain in the 80's trolling for that big purse, to what has evolved into a Lifetime Membership on the Big Rock Board of Directors, and now professionally today to be in the grateful position of advancing Jarrett Bay's long-standing sponsorship contribution to the highest level as a Presenting Sponsor. I can't think of a better way for me to show my appreciation for how much this tournament has done to foster so many treasured friendships, great business for my company and our family of 170+ employees, and most notably, the significant charitable impact our collective support of this event has made within our communities near & far. I'm excited about all of the fun & good things that Jarrett Bay's Presenting Sponsorship will help give rise to in the coming years!” commented Randy Ramsey, owner Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

As part of the comprehensive Presenting Sponsorship package, Jarrett Bay Boatworks will receive top billing on the coveted annual Big Rock official t-shirt, on commercial advertising and on all print collateral and social media. In addition, Jarrett Bay stands proudly beside us with our charitable contributions, among a host of other benefits aligned with our national and on-site marketing plans. 

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament began in 1957 with a purse of $250 silver dollars and celebrated a record purse of $1,914,100 in 2016. Since it began, Big Rock has donated over $4.3 million dollars to charity.


Big Rock and Jarrett Bay will work together to further the upward spiral of a successful tournament and to expand Big Rock’s charitable giving for worthy organizations across the county and state.