INDUSTRY RECORD PAYOUT IN 2022

MERCENARIA WINS BIG

Big Rock Makes History With Over $5.8 Million Purse

2022
BIG ROCK RECAP

The 2022 tournament hosted a fleet of 266 boats producing a RECORD-BREAKING purse totaling $5,858,875!

Expectations were high going into Day 1 & the fleet did not disappoint! Participants delivered an ACTION PACKED week with 8 blue marlin appearances & 226 billfish releases! MERCENARIA claimed the top prize of $3,489,813, an industry record after securing $777,750 in the Fabulous Fishermans division + the Super 20 division worth $1,156,000 for the 572.6lb. fish caught on Day 1 of the tournament. 

STAT SUMMARY

1
Boats
$ 1
Total Purse
1
Releases
$ 1
Top Prize
1st Place Blue Marlin

MERCENARIA

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  • Have weekend ☀️ plans for you and your crew? We’ve got you covered! 😎

Shop youth and adult styles in-store OR online at the link in our bio ➡️📱
  • Foundation Friday🤝 

Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. 

In 1987 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament followed suit from the 1986 tournament: “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $20,000! 

1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣7️⃣ Overview: 

🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 

💸Donations: $10,000 to Newport Developmental and $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House.

🏆Winner: MIDNIGHT HOUR with a 576.lb Blue Marlin🎣

 
Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
  • A series of FORTUNATE events 🎣🏆💸

MERCENARIA wins the 64th Annual Big Rock Tournament and takes home a record-breaking $3.4 Million payout 🙌🏻🍾

#bigrocktournament #bigrock #offshore #offshorelife #bluemarlin
  • Happy #WINNINGWednesday 🏆 

Here are the 2022 winners from each of the Big Rock tournaments, @bigrocktournament @kwlatournament and @bigrockkidstournament 

64th Big Rock 
🛥: MERCENARIA 
💰: $3.4 Million 

25th KWLA 
🛥: CAN DO TOO
💰: $108,800

2nd Big Rock Kids
🛥: DONE DEAL
💰: $57,500

We would like to thank ALL of our participants for making the 2022 tournament season the best yet! 🙌🏻
  • Rep Old Glory 🇺🇸 all summer long! Shop the Big Rock New Flag T-Shirt in-store & online! 

Store Hours: 

Monday- Saturday: 10am- 6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
  • This #MahiMonday we’re taking a look back at this year’s heaviest dolphin! 🏆 Weighing in at 54.1lbs, this catch earned the CAROLINA TIME team a $532,000 payout! 💰 

#64thbigrocktournament #bigrocktournament #bigrock #tournamentfishing #bluemarlin #mahimahi #wahoo #dolphinwta
  • Introducing Foundation Friday! 🤝 

Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. 

In 1986 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to two noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament was “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $17,000 to Newport Developmental and Ronald McDonald House. 

1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣6️⃣ Overview: 

🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 

💸Donations: $8,500 to Newport Developmental and $8,500 to Ronald McDonald House.

🏆Winner: SHEARWATER  with a 608.5lb Blue Marlin🎣

🥇1st Place Prize: $20,000
 
Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
  • SALE ALERT 🚨 This weekend stop by the Big Rock Store or shop online and enjoy 30% OFF select Big Rock Performance Wear 🙌🏻 

Store Hours: 
Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm 

www.thebigrockstore.com/performance/
  • CATCH🏀 them if you can! 🛥💨 #tbt 

📷: @ijwphotography 
🛥: CATCH 23 🐐 

#catch23 #64thbigrocktournament #bigrocktournament #bluemarlin #marlinfishing #offshore #offshorefishing
  • A big congratulations to team SEA STRIKER on their win 🏆 at the @bermudatriplecrown 
During the 2022 season, the team racked up an impressive 6,200 points with 2 white and 12 blue marlin releases! 

📸: @bermudatriplecrown 
🛥: @jarrettbay
  • The 3-day @igfa_official  Kids Fishing Day Camp with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain, @moreheadcityrec and @thebridgedowneast was awesome! 
The camp taught essential fishing skills including how to tie a knot 🪢, how to safely cast 🎣 and tackle basics! 

Shoutout to @saltwaterbnt tor donating the bait & @parkerboats for assisting the kiddos.
📸: @byashfitz
  • On the lookout 👀 for a Big Rock 64th Annual T-Shirt? You’re in luck! The tees have been restocked in adult, performance, youth & toddler sizes! Stop by the Big Rock Store this weekend on Friday and Saturday from 10AM-6PM & Sunday from 12-5PM 🙌🏻
Have weekend ☀️ plans for you and your crew? We’ve got you covered! 😎

Shop youth and adult styles in-store OR online at the link in our bio ➡️📱
Have weekend ☀️ plans for you and your crew? We’ve got you covered! 😎

Shop youth and adult styles in-store OR online at the link in our bio ➡️📱
Have weekend ☀️ plans for you and your crew? We’ve got you covered! 😎 Shop youth and adult styles in-store OR online at the link in our bio ➡️📱
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Foundation Friday🤝 

Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. 

In 1987 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament followed suit from the 1986 tournament: “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $20,000! 

1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣7️⃣ Overview: 

🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 

💸Donations: $10,000 to Newport Developmental and $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House.

🏆Winner: MIDNIGHT HOUR with a 576.lb Blue Marlin🎣

 
Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
Foundation Friday🤝 

Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. 

In 1987 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament followed suit from the 1986 tournament: “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $20,000! 

1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣7️⃣ Overview: 

🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 

💸Donations: $10,000 to Newport Developmental and $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House.

🏆Winner: MIDNIGHT HOUR with a 576.lb Blue Marlin🎣

 
Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
Foundation Friday🤝 

Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. 

In 1987 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament followed suit from the 1986 tournament: “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $20,000! 

1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣7️⃣ Overview: 

🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 

💸Donations: $10,000 to Newport Developmental and $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House.

🏆Winner: MIDNIGHT HOUR with a 576.lb Blue Marlin🎣

 
Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
Foundation Friday🤝 Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. In 1987 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament followed suit from the 1986 tournament: “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $20,000! 1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣7️⃣ Overview: 🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 💸Donations: $10,000 to Newport Developmental and $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House. 🏆Winner: MIDNIGHT HOUR with a 576.lb Blue Marlin🎣 Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
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A series of FORTUNATE events 🎣🏆💸

MERCENARIA wins the 64th Annual Big Rock Tournament and takes home a record-breaking $3.4 Million payout 🙌🏻🍾

#bigrocktournament #bigrock #offshore #offshorelife #bluemarlin
A series of FORTUNATE events 🎣🏆💸 MERCENARIA wins the 64th Annual Big Rock Tournament and takes home a record-breaking $3.4 Million payout 🙌🏻🍾 #bigrocktournament #bigrock #offshore #offshorelife #bluemarlin
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Happy #WINNINGWednesday 🏆 

Here are the 2022 winners from each of the Big Rock tournaments, @bigrocktournament @kwlatournament and @bigrockkidstournament 

64th Big Rock 
🛥: MERCENARIA 
💰: $3.4 Million 

25th KWLA 
🛥: CAN DO TOO
💰: $108,800

2nd Big Rock Kids
🛥: DONE DEAL
💰: $57,500

We would like to thank ALL of our participants for making the 2022 tournament season the best yet! 🙌🏻
Happy #WINNINGWednesday 🏆 

Here are the 2022 winners from each of the Big Rock tournaments, @bigrocktournament @kwlatournament and @bigrockkidstournament 

64th Big Rock 
🛥: MERCENARIA 
💰: $3.4 Million 

25th KWLA 
🛥: CAN DO TOO
💰: $108,800

2nd Big Rock Kids
🛥: DONE DEAL
💰: $57,500

We would like to thank ALL of our participants for making the 2022 tournament season the best yet! 🙌🏻
Happy #WINNINGWednesday 🏆 

Here are the 2022 winners from each of the Big Rock tournaments, @bigrocktournament @kwlatournament and @bigrockkidstournament 

64th Big Rock 
🛥: MERCENARIA 
💰: $3.4 Million 

25th KWLA 
🛥: CAN DO TOO
💰: $108,800

2nd Big Rock Kids
🛥: DONE DEAL
💰: $57,500

We would like to thank ALL of our participants for making the 2022 tournament season the best yet! 🙌🏻
Happy #WINNINGWednesday 🏆 Here are the 2022 winners from each of the Big Rock tournaments, @bigrocktournament @kwlatournament and @bigrockkidstournament 64th Big Rock 🛥: MERCENARIA 💰: $3.4 Million 25th KWLA 🛥: CAN DO TOO 💰: $108,800 2nd Big Rock Kids 🛥: DONE DEAL 💰: $57,500 We would like to thank ALL of our participants for making the 2022 tournament season the best yet! 🙌🏻
4 months ago
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Rep Old Glory 🇺🇸 all summer long! Shop the Big Rock New Flag T-Shirt in-store & online! 

Store Hours: 

Monday- Saturday: 10am- 6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Rep Old Glory 🇺🇸 all summer long! Shop the Big Rock New Flag T-Shirt in-store & online! 

Store Hours: 

Monday- Saturday: 10am- 6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Rep Old Glory 🇺🇸 all summer long! Shop the Big Rock New Flag T-Shirt in-store & online! Store Hours: Monday- Saturday: 10am- 6pm Sunday: 12-5pm
4 months ago
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5/12
This #MahiMonday we’re taking a look back at this year’s heaviest dolphin! 🏆 Weighing in at 54.1lbs, this catch earned the CAROLINA TIME team a $532,000 payout! 💰 

#64thbigrocktournament #bigrocktournament #bigrock #tournamentfishing #bluemarlin #mahimahi #wahoo #dolphinwta
This #MahiMonday we’re taking a look back at this year’s heaviest dolphin! 🏆 Weighing in at 54.1lbs, this catch earned the CAROLINA TIME team a $532,000 payout! 💰 #64thbigrocktournament #bigrocktournament #bigrock #tournamentfishing #bluemarlin #mahimahi #wahoo #dolphinwta
4 months ago
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Introducing Foundation Friday! 🤝 

Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. 

In 1986 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to two noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament was “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $17,000 to Newport Developmental and Ronald McDonald House. 

1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣6️⃣ Overview: 

🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 

💸Donations: $8,500 to Newport Developmental and $8,500 to Ronald McDonald House.

🏆Winner: SHEARWATER  with a 608.5lb Blue Marlin🎣

🥇1st Place Prize: $20,000
 
Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
Introducing Foundation Friday! 🤝 Since 1986 the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has donated millions to deserving organizations both locally and around the country. 🎣 The three fishing tournaments: KWLA, Big Rock, and Big Rock Kids alongside support from sponsors, donors, and patrons enable these annual charitable contributions. In 1986 the Big Rock Foundation in partnership with major sponsor McDonald’s dedicated tournament funds to two noteworthy charities. The theme of this tournament was “For the love of special children”. With the support of sponsors and participants the Big Rock Foundation was able to donate a total of $17,000 to Newport Developmental and Ronald McDonald House. 1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣6️⃣ Overview: 🙌🏻Major Sponsor: McDonald’s 💸Donations: $8,500 to Newport Developmental and $8,500 to Ronald McDonald House. 🏆Winner: SHEARWATER with a 608.5lb Blue Marlin🎣 🥇1st Place Prize: $20,000 Ready to make a difference? Click the link in our bio & donate today! 🤝
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SALE ALERT 🚨 This weekend stop by the Big Rock Store or shop online and enjoy 30% OFF select Big Rock Performance Wear 🙌🏻 

Store Hours: 
Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm 

www.thebigrockstore.com/performance/
SALE ALERT 🚨 This weekend stop by the Big Rock Store or shop online and enjoy 30% OFF select Big Rock Performance Wear 🙌🏻 

Store Hours: 
Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm 

www.thebigrockstore.com/performance/
SALE ALERT 🚨 This weekend stop by the Big Rock Store or shop online and enjoy 30% OFF select Big Rock Performance Wear 🙌🏻 

Store Hours: 
Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12-5pm 

www.thebigrockstore.com/performance/
SALE ALERT 🚨 This weekend stop by the Big Rock Store or shop online and enjoy 30% OFF select Big Rock Performance Wear 🙌🏻 Store Hours: Friday-Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 12-5pm www.thebigrockstore.com/performance/
4 months ago
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CATCH🏀 them if you can! 🛥💨 #tbt 

📷: @ijwphotography 
🛥: CATCH 23 🐐 

#catch23 #64thbigrocktournament #bigrocktournament #bluemarlin #marlinfishing #offshore #offshorefishing
CATCH🏀 them if you can! 🛥💨 #tbt 📷: @ijwphotography 🛥: CATCH 23 🐐 #catch23 #64thbigrocktournament #bigrocktournament #bluemarlin #marlinfishing #offshore #offshorefishing
4 months ago
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A big congratulations to team SEA STRIKER on their win 🏆 at the @bermudatriplecrown 
During the 2022 season, the team racked up an impressive 6,200 points with 2 white and 12 blue marlin releases! 

📸: @bermudatriplecrown 
🛥: @jarrettbay
A big congratulations to team SEA STRIKER on their win 🏆 at the @bermudatriplecrown 
During the 2022 season, the team racked up an impressive 6,200 points with 2 white and 12 blue marlin releases! 

📸: @bermudatriplecrown 
🛥: @jarrettbay
A big congratulations to team SEA STRIKER on their win 🏆 at the @bermudatriplecrown During the 2022 season, the team racked up an impressive 6,200 points with 2 white and 12 blue marlin releases! 📸: @bermudatriplecrown 🛥: @jarrettbay
4 months ago
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10/12
The 3-day @igfa_official  Kids Fishing Day Camp with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain, @moreheadcityrec and @thebridgedowneast was awesome! 
The camp taught essential fishing skills including how to tie a knot 🪢, how to safely cast 🎣 and tackle basics! 

Shoutout to @saltwaterbnt tor donating the bait & @parkerboats for assisting the kiddos.
📸: @byashfitz
The 3-day @igfa_official Kids Fishing Day Camp with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain, @moreheadcityrec and @thebridgedowneast was awesome! The camp taught essential fishing skills including how to tie a knot 🪢, how to safely cast 🎣 and tackle basics! Shoutout to @saltwaterbnt tor donating the bait & @parkerboats for assisting the kiddos. 📸: @byashfitz
4 months ago
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11/12
On the lookout 👀 for a Big Rock 64th Annual T-Shirt? You’re in luck! The tees have been restocked in adult, performance, youth & toddler sizes! Stop by the Big Rock Store this weekend on Friday and Saturday from 10AM-6PM & Sunday from 12-5PM 🙌🏻
On the lookout 👀 for a Big Rock 64th Annual T-Shirt? You’re in luck! The tees have been restocked in adult, performance, youth & toddler sizes! Stop by the Big Rock Store this weekend on Friday and Saturday from 10AM-6PM & Sunday from 12-5PM 🙌🏻
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