a new tournament tradition


Big Rock Big Hero presented by SALT LIFE was created in 2018 as a way to honor active duty servicemen and women.

Our vision for the Big Rock, Big Hero experience was to provide deserving service members with an unforgettable fishing adventure. All of us at the Big Rock are forever grateful for their service to our country and this was just a small way of showing our appreciation,” explains tournament director, Crystal Hesmer.

We are humbled by each hero selection and their loyalty to our county. Service members are hosted on world class sport fishing boats alongside elite anglers that are honored to welcome them aboard.

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1. Nicholas J. Harrel, US Marine Corps
2. Clay Carver, US Army
3. Jacob Provence, US Army
4. Matthew Michalowicz, US Navy
5. Darren McLaughlin, US Coast Guard
6. Nathan Fair, US Army



We would like to thank  ACCORDINGLY IV, BUILDER’S CHOICE, CAN DO II, EL CAZADOR, AND JOB SITE for hosting our 2022 heroes. We are thrilled to celebrate the 6th Annual Big Rock Big Hero experience this June!