2021 Online Registration, Now Open!

SAVE THE DATES! The Big Rock is excited to present THREE tournaments in 2021!

JUNE 11TH – 12TH, 2021
24th Annual KWLA Tournament, sponsored by BB&T Now Truist

JUNE 14TH – 20TH, 2021
63rd Annual Big Rock Tournament, sponsored by Jarrett Bay Boatworks

NEW! JULY 14TH – 17TH, 2021
1st Annual Big Rock Kids Tournament, sponsored by Kurtis Chevrolet

Registration is NOW OPEN online for all three tournaments. Get started today, visit https://www.thebigrock.com/registration/

Let the games begin! Based on 2020 entries of 205 boats, potential prize payouts for 2021 are mind blowing – there’s over $1 MILLION on the line for 1st Place Blue Marlin, $395,000 for Largest Dolphin & $47,813 up for grabs in the DAILY release category!!

Looking for a boat or interested in joining a team, check out our availability page to get started, https://www.thebigrock.com/participants/availability-2/. To be added to the list, contact madison@thebigrock.com.

Don’t forget to download the Big Rock app for the latest news & tournament updates. Available in the app store & Google play store.

Questions? Contact Crystal Hesmer- director@thebigrock.com, (252) 241-1515 

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The Big Rock Announces New Kids Tournament

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is thrilled to announce the inaugural Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament.

The tournament will fill the vacancy left by the Boys & Girls Club Billfish Classic in the North Carolina Governor’s Cup Series, taking place July 14-17, 2021.

“Part of the Big Rock’s mission is to promote marine education and sportfishing throughout Carteret County and the State of North Carolina. What better way to do this than to spark the interest in our next generation of sport fishermen and women?” exclaimed Joy Bell, president of The Big Rock. 

The Big Rock Kids Tournament is hopeful that participants will continue to grow the sport by passing the rod to junior anglers on board. Boats will be awarded an extra 25 points for billfish released by a Big Rock Kid (age 16 & under), but anglers of all ages are encouraged to fish. 

The board of directors is eager to present Kurtis Chevrolet located on HWY 70 in Morehead City as the tournament’s Major Sponsor. The dealership has faithfully served Eastern North Carolina since 1981. 

“We at Kurtis Chevrolet are proud & excited to be the Major Sponsor of the newly formed Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament supporting local children’s charities.” commented owner, Dean Wagaman.

The tournament’s primary beneficiary, the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plain provides care to more than 1,300 at-risk and in-need children.

For more information, please contact Tournament Director, Carlee Sharpe at 919-801-8346.


The Big Rock Tournament was thrilled to join City Council, city staff, and residents at Shevans Park playground in Morehead City on September 8th for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Construction of the new Shevans Park playground began around the new year and was finished in May. The city had hoped to debut the playground when it was completed, but it wasn’t until earlier this month when North Carolina issued it’s latest phased reopening plan that would allow Morehead City to officially open the new playground to the public. 

Thanks to the unwavering support from Big Rock participants, sponsors & supporters, The Big Rock Foundation made a $150,000 charitable contribution in the Fall of 2019 to the Town of Morehead City for a major upgrade to this popular town park. 

The new nautical themed playground features a climbable lighthouse, splash-pad, and several Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible amenities, including swings. 

We’ve been patiently waiting and we’re just so excited for it to finally open,” City Manager Ryan Eggleston told the News-Times Tuesday. “We’re especially delighted to have such an accessible playground for all to use.”

Mr. Eggleston said the city is developing a cleaning protocol, based on state guidance, for all its public playgrounds. He said all the city’s playgrounds were disinfected prior to opening back up to public use.

I’ve been told that patience is a virtue. I’ve also been told that good things come to those who wait,” Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones said during his opening remarks at the ceremony. “…These good things don’t happen by themselves, it takes the support of the community, it takes leadership in our government and it takes the individuals.”


– Carolina Coast Online / Elise Clouser –


Join us as we celebrate Independence Day with the video premiere of our 3rd Annual Big Rock, Big Hero experience- presented by Salt Life! Watch as our seven 2020 Big Rock Big Heros are hosted on board with participants during the 62nd Annual Big Rock Tournament. We are extremely grateful for the servicemen & women who proudly serve our country- we thank you all for your dedication to protect our freedoms.

Thank you to Salt Life for making this incredible experience possible!

2020 Tournament Results!

The 62nd Annual Big Rock Tournament was nothing short of INCREDIBLE-  a week of excitement, competition, & comradery surrounded the 2020 event! We are incredibly proud to have an OUTBOARD win the tournament for the first time in OVER 30 years. It was an impressive catch & great show of sportsmanship! Thank you to ALL of our participants, sponsors, & supporters. Below are the final tournament results & prize payouts of the $3,352,475 total purse!

The 62nd Annual tournament hosted 205 boats & racked up a total of 185 releases- 144 blue marlin, 22 white marlin & 19 sailfish for a 93% release rate! 


Blue Marlin Division
1st Place: PELAGIC HUNTER II 495.2 lbs. $206, 688
2nd Place: SEA STRIKER 495, $1,056,138
3rd Place: PREDATOR 494.2 lbs., $273,750
4th Place: HATTER-DONE 488.1 lbs., $130,050

The different between 1st, 2nd & 3rd place was LESS THAN 1 POUND. PELAGIC HUNTER II was entered in Levels I, II, VI, and Outboard Level; therefore we had a 4th place blue marlin payout for Blue marlin WTA Levels III & IV!

Since there weren’t any blue marlin weighed over 500 lbs the Fabulous Fisherman’s money, Level V (which normally is awarded to the first fish over 500) went to the boat entered in Level V with the most release points. LO QUE SEA took home the Fabulous Fisherman’s prize money worth $552,500 for their whopping 2250 release points total from the week.








Introducing our 1st Place WINNERS!! PELAGIC HUNTER II becomes one of the ONLY outboards to ever WIN the Big Rock Tournament. Welcome to the winners circle! Their 495.2-pound catch earned them $206,688 in Level I + $16,575 for 1st Place in the Outboard Division, sponsored by Starling Marine | Contender Boats Inc.!

Congratulations to Adrian Holler & crew aboard SEA STRIKER! TWO-TIME Big Rock winner, SEA STRIKER, boated their blue marlin at 10:30 AM on the final day of fishing. The 495.0-pound blue marlin was caught by Jon Henry and was just 5-pounds from winning the Fabulous Fisherman’s prize money. Only 0.2 pounds separate 1st from 2nd place. Jarrett Bay Hull #23 earns a whopping $1,056,137 payout and a 2nd place finish in the 62nd Annual tournament!

Since there weren’t any blue marlin weighed over 500 lbs. the Fabulous Fisherman’s money goes to the participant entered in Level V with the most points. LO QUE SEA racked up 2250 points for the week which earns them the Fabulous Fisherman’s prize money worth $552,500 + $151,938 for 1st Place weekly release + $47,813 in Tuesday’s daily release prize money! Congratulations, crew!
MAGIC MOMENT wins Daily Release money on Day 6 for their THREE blue marlin releases. Grandfather, Dad, and Son each released a blue to help earn them $47,813 in prize money!
WALL HANGER wins Gregory Poole’s 1st of the day for Saturday after releasing a blue marlin at 8:14 AM worth $5,000. Day 6 ended with 17 blue marlins, 6 white marlin & 1 sailfish release.
CAROLINA GIRL, 54’ Hatteras, caught a 51.5 pound dolphin & AVA D was in 2nd with a 35 pound catch! There were only five game fish weighed Saturday afternoon, all of them dolphin.
The Big Rock Tournament would like to thank each of our participants, sponsors, & supporters! We recognize all winners and all weigh ins that meet tournament requirements equally, whether it’s first place or last. We are so proud to have an OUTBOARD win the tournament for the first time in OVER 30 years. It is a great show of sportsmanship! All of the crews put in A LOT of work in tough conditions. We are proud of all of our participants. Thank you ALL for following along with the tournament & TUNE IN at 1PM tomorrow for the 62nd Annual Awards Presentation!


The FIVE hour fight was worth the WEIGHT for this crew of four! PELAGIC HUNTER II, of Sneads Ferry, took the lead late this afternoon with a 495.2-pound blue marlin. The current 1st Place catch was reeled in on a 35′ Contender Outboard by angler, Riley Adkins! Just one pound separates PELAGIC HUNTER II from 2nd place catch from PREDATOR!

Jarrett Bay Hull #11, BILL COLLECTOR, weighed a 453.7-pound blue marlin after boating the second blue of the day. Captain Draughon’s catch wasn’t enough to take 3rd place, but it was enough to shake up the leaderboard for 4th place. GAME CHANGER & APRIL MAE’s blue marlin did not meet tournament minimum requirements.

Overall releases were up from yesterday- 17 blue marlins, 3 sailfish, and 5 white marlin were released (unofficially). PIRACY cashed in $5,000 after an early sailfish release for Gregory Poole’s 1st Release of the Day! Friday’s daily release earnings worth $47, 813 went to ELECTRIC BILL for their two blue marlin releases.

Day 5 1st place dolphin goes to SEA I SEA with a 34.2 pound catch by Brandon Mills for $2,000. FIN PLANNER was a close 2nd, coming in at 32.9-pounds worth $1,000. Only one wahoo was weighed; therefore, both 1st & 2nd place payouts go to CHUNDA for a 21.3 pounder. 

Of the total 205 entered boats, 153 are still eligible to fish tomorrow- 52 will be fished out! The FABULOUS FISHERMAN’S Prize Money is still anyone’s game on the final day of the 62nd Annual Big Rock Tournament! TUNE IN to see who will WIN the $552,500! We start one hour earlier tomorrow- lines in at 8AM!

Visit https://www.thebigrock.com/prize-money/ for a complete list of standings & current leaderboard!


Due to forecasted offshore conditions, 11 boats chose to fish Day 4! SEA WOLF scored the ONLY release of the day! Their blue marlin release came at 1:39PM and will (unofficially) earn them the Daily Release prize money worth $47, 813 + $5,000 for the Gregory Poole 1st Release (and only) of the day! Congratulations crew!

Just three gamefish were brought in after a slow day offshore. Two of which were off of DOUBLE B- a 16.9-pounder & a 25-pound dolphin good for 1st in Daily gamefish winnings for $2,000. MARKED OFF took home 2nd place in the daily prize money cashing in $1,000!

We’re expecting action to pick back up tomorrow as most of the fleet took their two mandatory lay days Wednesday & Thursday. Listen LIVE with Randy on the radio starting with lines in at 9AM. Visit https://www.thebigrock.com/prize-money/ for a complete list of standings & current leaderboard!


Lady anglers brought plenty of action to Big Rock Landing after a slow day of fishing offshore. Although there weren’t any boated blue marlin, the 76 boats offshore managed to rack up a total of 21 billfish releases- 12 blues, 2 whites & 7 sailfish.

LO QUE SEA stays on top of the release division with 2250.0 points after releasing 2 sailfish & 1 blue marlin. MAMA WHO made out with 800 points for two blue marlin releases! Bets were on GRAND SLAM after fighting their fish for more than 6 hours before it pulled the hook! Even Junior Angler, Ty Fletcher, joined in on the fun with a blue marlin release aboard WOLVERINE! A $6,200 payout goes to CHUNDA for releasing the 62nd fish of the tournament, congratulations crew!

It was obvious the ladies came to WIN the weigh-ins this afternoon! Jean Reynolds, off ORRSMAN, won $2,000 in daily prize money for her 36.7-pound wahoo! RENEGADE’s Jeannie Mauchline was less than one pound short of the 1st place daily dolphin winnings. Her 37.1-pound dolphin was still good enough to take 2nd place in the daily division worth $1,000! Junior Angler, Kayley Rowland, also made an appearance with her 21.2-pound catch on HIGH TIME. It was WOLVERINE’s Rob Helzer who weighed the largest dolphin of the day cashing in $2,000 for a 37.9 pounder.

Sporty seas called for a calmer day on land. The leaderboard remains untouched…for now! Lines are in at 9:00 AM & the hunt for the 500-pounder is STILL ON!


Another action-packed day! Tuesday started off right away with a boated blue marlin from DANCIN’ OUTLAW! Lines were in the water less than an hour & Captain Wood and crew had already BOATED a blue! Their 470.4-pound catch landed them in 3rd place for now. Shortly after, HAMMER TIME boated a blue & brought in a 450.2-pound marlin that just missed the leaderboard.

Excitement was in the AIR when Michael Jordan’s CATCH 23 backed in with a 442.3-pound blue marlin! REEL STEEL wrapped up the afternoon with a 450-pound blue marlin caught by Marc Berzaleno. SEA FIX finally released their blue after a 6 hour fight.

The Fabulous Fisherman’s prize money, worth a whopping $552,500, is still FAIR GAME for the first fish over 500 lbs!

198 of the 205 total boats were offshore today & went to TOWN on the blue marlin releases! A total of 50 (unverified) blues were released today and more than 100 billfish have been released this week! LO QUE SEA, KWLA Winner, was on a ROLL! After taking home the Gregory Poole 1st Release of the Day with a blue marlin release worth $5,000, they went on to release TWO MORE  blues- giving them a total of 1600 points going in to day 3! CHUNDA, ZEUS, and SEA I SEA also each scored 2 blue marlin releases for the day! Unofficially, MICABE’s blue marlin release at 9:48 was the 62nd release of the tournament, earning them an easy $6,200!

C-ESCAPE’s 75.2-pound wahoo, caught by Randy Britt, stole 1st place and took home $2,000 in daily prize money. SINGULARIS shook up the leaderboard with a 55.2-pound dolphin and is in the running for $395,250 in the WTA Dolphin division.

Catch up on all the coverage via our Facebook page- follow us & be the first to see all the upcoming action this week! Lines in at 9AM, TIGHT LINES!