CARTERICAN WINS N.C. BILLFISH SERIES

Congratulations to the CARTERICAN crew on their victory in the first ever N.C. Billfish Series! Lee Smith & team finished the season with a whopping 3378.6 points. BUILDER’S CHOICE followed close behind in 2nd place with 3300 points. THE GENERAL landed Top Charter Boat recognition with 2300 points and a 3rd place finish!

SERIES STATS! Of the 183 Billfish entered: 70 blue marlin, 76 white marlin, and 31 sailfish were released– a total of 6 blue marlin were weighed = 97% Release Rate!

Shoutout to Lisa Merriam on REEL QUICK (with 400 pts / 1 Blue Marlin) & Allison Struyk from the PIRACY (400 pts / 1 Blue Marlin) the Top Lady Anglers in the series!

Brown Gaddy on the QUALIFIER finished 1st in the Jr. Boy Angler category with 1325 pts / 3 Blue Marlin + 1 White Marlin. Vann Segrave followed in 2nd aboard RE-LEASED with 525 pts / 1 Blue Marlin + 1 Sailfish.

THE GENERAL’s, Gray Fickling, came out on top in the Jr. Girl Angler division with 375 pts / 3 sailfish. Addie Howard’s 28.5 lb. wahoo caught during the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament earned the J&B crew 2nd place mentions!

Earlier this year, the eight N.C. Billfish Series tournaments teamed up with weigh masters Randy Gregory and George Lott to recognize and award the best tournament boats and anglers in North Carolina. The series went off without a hitch, aside from the Hatteras Grand Slam Tournament, which was forced to cancel with the approach of Hurricane Arthur. Four of the remaining seven tournaments were based out of Big Rock Landing downtown, including the Swansboro Rotary Memorial Day Bluewater Fishing Tournament, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, the Big Rock Kids Tournament and the N.C. Ducks Unlimited “Band the Billfish” Tournament.

“Morehead city is truly blessed to have a cool place to hold a billfish tournament,” Gregory said. “A lot of credit goes to the town and the Big Rock Tournament for putting that stuff together. It’s a town facility, and it’s pretty cool that we can have a venue like that to work with.”

The mission of the N.C. Billfish Series is to promote North Carolina’s billfish tournaments, sportsmanship, marine conservation and competition in our world renown offshore fishery. Competing boats are awarded points for billfish released or landed in the N.C. Billfish Series tournaments with trophies for the overall winner, top private and charter boat for the best three out of eight tournaments plus points for participating in each tournament. Trophies will be awarded for the largest blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo. A “special” award will be given to the boat with most total points (total points awarded for all tournaments) and individual awards will be given for outstanding junior boy, junior girl and lady angler.

Click here to view the final results of the 2021 N.C. Billfish Series!

(Photo by Point Click Fish, Supporting content provided by Carteret News Times article)

SUSHI WINS WHITE MARLIN OPEN

Congratulations to longtime Big Rock participant, SUSHI, on their HUGE win at the 48th Annual White Marlin Open!

“In the most dramatic finish in the 48- year history of the White Marlin Open, over $6 million dollars changed hands in the final hour of weigh-ins at Harbour Island Marina on Friday. Jarrett Bay Hull #40, FENDER BENDER, (also a past Big Rock participant & 3rd Place Winner), weighed the first fish of the tournament. Until the last 30-minutes, his 82.5-pound white marlin was winning $5,000,000! As the line of boats with fish to weigh dwindled to the final three, there was one boat flying a white marlin flag. It was the SUSHI out of Ocean City, MD with angler Butch Wright from Arnold, MD aboard. Wright’s white marlin tipped the scales at 85.5 pounds, taking $3,200,000 from FENDER BENDER, leaving them a very respectable $1,800,000.”

Captain Charley Pereira is no stranger to luck on the last day. Back in 2013, the crew aboard SUSHI caught a 276 lb bigeye tuna on the final day of the 40th Annual White Marlin Open- earning them a whopping $574,000!

SUSHI has made several appearances to Big Rock Landing over the years, including their 419.1 lb catch in 2013!

Their 2021 win at the WMO earned them a $3.2 payday = that’s over $37,000 per pound! Congrats to all the teams that competed in the WMO last week! Another record breaking billfish tournament in the books.

(Quote and supporting information from White Marlin Open, whitemarlinopen.com. Photo from fishinoc.com)

INAUGURAL BIG ROCK KIDS TOURNAMENT

That’s a wrap on the first ever Big Rock Kids Tournament, presented by Kurtis Chevrolet! The Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament was FULL of family, fun, & fishing!

A total of 59 boats registered for the 2021 Big Rock Kids Tournament! Over the course of 3 days, more than 200 junior anglers racked up: 44 billfish releases & weighed in 100 dolphin + 26 wahoo! Below are the final tournament results & prize payouts!

LEVEL I + LEVEL II:
THE GENERAL claimed First Place in the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament after releasing 7 sailfish on Friday. This secured their wins as Daily Release WTA Friday Winner, Level I First Place Release Winner and Total Release First Place Winner. The total purse for THE GENERAL was $46,733 in earnings! Plus a $500 gift card sponsored by Bass Pro Shops!

The Ramsey Family aboard SKIRT CHASER earned Second Place with $49,033 in total earnings after securing: 2nd Place Total Release + 2nd Place Billfish Release + Daily Release WTA Saturday + First Place Dolphin!

BILL COLLECTOR took home Third Place with $12,480 in total earnings after securing: Level I Billfish Release + Total Release 3rd Place! It came down to the wire for their team as they fought a fish for 4 hours on the last day, squeezing in just enough time to get back with the release form. We know just how hard you must have worked, anglers!

LEVEL III:
INSPIRATION won the Daily Release prize on Thursday with 300 points (2 sailfish releases). THE GENERAL secured Friday’s Daily Release payout with a whopping SEVEN sailfish releases. SKIRT CHASER had an impressive final day, releasing 2 sailfish, and weighing a 28.2 lb Dolphin earning them daily release for Day 3 and put them in 2nd Place Overall in the release division with 600 points.

LEVEL IV:
100 dolphin were weighed in during the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament!
1st Place – Dolphin 28.2 lbs, Mary Frances Ramsey aboard SKIRT CHASER
2nd Place – Dolphin 24.9 lbs, Parker Gupton aboard JUPITER 34
3rd Place – Trey Black, 22.2 lbs
4th Place – Will Hanley, 22.1 lbs
5th Place – Miller Pleasant, 20.4 lbs
6th Place – Hanlon Abrams, 20.0 lbs
7th Place – Georgia Pope, 19.6 lbs
8th Place – Conner Barwick, 19.0 lbs
9th Place – Landon Wheeler, 18.7 lbs
10th Place – Jackson Huneycutt, 17.5 lbs

Thank you Bass Pro Shops for awarding the top angler with a $500 gift card

LEVEL V:
26 wahoo were weighed in during the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament!
1st Place – Wahoo 34.7 lbs, Olivia Blount aboard ADIOS
2nd Place – Wahoo 28.5 lbs, Addie Howard aboard J&B
3rd Place – Craig Ferguson, 27.6 lbs
4th Place – Kelly Stephens, 27.1 lbs
5th Place – Sambo Bratton, 26.8 lbs
6th Place – Hanlon Abrams, 25.9 lbs
7th Place – Tucker Gupton, 25.6 lbs
8th Place – Myles Ivester, 24.3 lbs
9th Place – Isabel Waters, 23.9 lbs
10th Place – Collin Corellis, 22.1 lbs

Mary Frances Ramsey aboard SKIRT CHASER won Top Jr. Angler, Girl with 3 sailfish releases and a 28.2-pound dolphin during the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament!

Charlie Ellington aboard REEL COUNTRY won Top Jr. Angler, Boy with 3 sailfish releases during the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament!

Wendy Farrior aboard JOB SITE won Top Lady Angler with her 2 sailfish releases during the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament!



CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners & participants! Thank you sponsors for an INCREDIBLE tournament- we can’t wait for next year and look forward to seeing you all soon! For the complete payout summary & list of winners, click here.

BUILDER’S CHOICE SWEEPS KWLA!

BUILDER’S CHOICE came in and swept the competition with a GRAND SLAM to win 24th Annual KWLA Tournament! The Jarrett Bay Hull 59 weighed in a 33.9-lb Dolphin, putting them in the lead after the team released TWO blue marlin for 800 points. That puts them in 1st Place in Level I, Level II WTA Dolphin Winner AND Level III WTA Release.

Congratulations to our 2nd Place Winners, DOC FEES, and 3rd Place, SEA TOY!

A 32.9-lb dolphin earned REEL E BUGGING 2nd Place Dolphin. RELEASE captured the largest tuna, weighing 51.5-lbs, and BILL COLLECTOR followed in 2nd Place with a 47.8-lb catch.

NATURAL took home the largest wahoo prize for a 49.1-lb catch. OCEAN STINGER caught 2nd place with a 17.5-lb wahoo.

Congratulations to ALL our winners & THANK YOU to our Major Sponsor, BB&T / Now Truist + all tournament sponsors! Below is the complete leaderboard & payouts.

CONGRATULATIONS, WIDESPREAD!

Participants came in HOT & HEAVY! The 2021 tournament hosted a RECORD-BREAKING 270 boats = 50 MORE than the previous record of 220 during the 41st Annual Big Rock back in 1999!

A record number of entries produced another RECORD-BREAKING purse totaling $4,749,200! Expectations were high going into Day 1 & the fleet did not disappoint! Participants delivered an ACTION PACKED week with 7 blue marlin appearances & 141 billfish releases!

After a year of virtual interaction, it was incredible to see the camaraderie between participants & genuine excitement from the community, again! A big THANK YOU to ALL of our participants, sponsors and supporters.

Below are the final tournament results & prize payouts!

IMPORTANT KWLA UPDATE

⚠️ KWLA Tournament UPDATE! ⚠️

Due to the forecast for Saturday, June 12th, the tournament has made the decision to offer lady angler participants the option to fish on ONE of two days.

The KWLA tournament will remain a one-day only event, with the choice of fishing either Saturday OR Sunday from 8AM to 2PM. You MUST SUBMIT A LAYDAY FORM either electronically via the Big Rock App OR in-person at Tournament Headquarters prior to 8AM Saturday.

KWLA participants must register before Saturday morning to be eligible to fish either day. If you plan to fish on Sunday, your registration must be submitted with payment prior to 7AM on Saturday, June 12th.

Questions? Please contact either Crystal Hesmer, (252) 241-1515or Madison Maxwell, (252) 725-1568

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The action starts this Saturday with the 24th Annual KWLA Tournament, stay tuned!

INTRODUCING OUR 2021 BIG ROCK, BIG HEROES


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’re proud to partner with Salt Life to present 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐑𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐨 for the fourth year, which places active duty service members on the lines of competition during the tournament. We are excited to have these men joining us for our 63rd Annual Big Rock Tournament.
 
Representing the United States Army is:
  • Sergeant Tyler Gravely
  • Chaplain Caleb Lafond
  • Specialist Anthony Miranti
  • Specialist Trevor Satern
  • Specialist Jacob Tamai
Representing the United States Marine Corps is:
  • Master Sergeant Jesse Sparks
Representing the United States Navy is:
  • Lieutenant Commander Corey Cheek

Service members are hosted on world class sport fishing boats alongside elite anglers that are honored to welcome them aboard.

2021 Event Schedule

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2021 tournament events are for participants only- no ticket sales to the general public.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2021

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, KWLA CAPTAIN’S MEETING
Big Rock Landing

 
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, KWLA EVENT
Big Rock Landing, Best Dressed Contest
No ticket sales to the general public

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Best Dressed Contest Sponsor

SATURDAY, JUNE 12TH, 2021

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, KWLA TOURNAMENT
LIVE weigh-in coverage starting at 2:00 PM, Big Rock Landing

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, KWLA WEIGH-INS
Big Rock Landing
Big Rock TV Live Broadcast, 2:00 PM via Facebook & Youtube

SUNDAY, JUNE 13TH, 2021

9:00 AM, SUNDAY PRAYER BREAKFAST
Big Rock Landing

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, BIG ROCK CAPTAIN’S MEETING
Big Rock Landing

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, PARTICIPANT PIG PICKIN’ 

Big Rock Landing
No ticket sales to general public

MONDAY, JUNE 14TH, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, DAY 1
Begins 6 days of fishing, 2 lay days required
Captain’s Choice

Daily gamefish weigh-ins starting approx. 4:00 PM (Saturday 3:00 PM)
Big Rock Landing- 710 Evans Street
LIVE Coverage 2:00 PM, Facebook + Youtube

TUESDAY, JUNE 15TH, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, DAY 2
6 days of fishing, 2 lay days required
Captain’s Choice

Daily gamefish weigh-ins starting approx. 4:00 PM (Saturday 3:00 PM)
Big Rock Landing- 710 Evans Street,
LIVE Coverage 2:00 PM, Facebook + Youtube

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16TH, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, DAY 3
6 days of fishing, 2 lay days required
Captain’s Choice

Daily gamefish weigh-ins starting approx. 4:00 PM (Saturday 3:00 PM)
Big Rock Landing- 710 Evans Street,
LIVE Coverage 2:00 PM, Facebook + Youtube

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, TO-GO PORK CHOP DINNER
Crystal Coast Civic Center, Pickup only

THURSDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, DAY 4
6 days of fishing, 2 lay days required
Captain’s Choice

Daily gamefish weigh-ins starting approx. 4:00 PM (Saturday 3:00 PM)
Big Rock Landing- 710 Evans Street
LIVE Coverage 2:00 PM, Facebook + Youtube

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, SOUTHERN Q FOOD TRUCK
Gregory Poole Cat presents – for all Big Rock Participants – Southern Q Food Truck.
“As seen on the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners Smoke Ring”

Located on waterfront, beside the Dock House
Downtown Beaufort

Choice of:
Pulled Pork or Chicken,
Smoked Green Beans,
Smoked Garlic Pepper Taters,
Roll, & a bottled water

FRIDAY, JUNE 18TH, 2021

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, DAY 5
6 days of fishing, 2 lay days required
Captain’s Choice

Daily gamefish weigh-ins starting approx. 4:00 PM (Saturday 3:00 PM)
Big Rock Landing- 710 Evans Street
LIVE Coverage 2:00 PM, Facebook + Youtube

SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2021

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, DAY 6
6 days of fishing, 2 lay days required
Captain’s Choice

Gamefish weigh-ins starting approx. 3:00 PM
Big Rock Landing- 710 Evans Street
LIVE Coverage 2:00 PM, Facebook + Youtube

SUNDAY, JUNE 20TH, 2021

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, AWARDS BRUNCH
Big Rock Landing
LIVE Coverage starting at 11:00 AM
Facebook + Youtube


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PRE REGISTER FOR BRK & EARN 50 RELEASE POINTS!

Pre-Register for the Inaugural Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament before May 1st to earn a bonus 50 release points!

Register online or at tournament headquarters, TODAY! https://www.reeltimeapps.com/live/tournaments/2021-big-rock-kids-billfish-tournament/register

The 1st Annual Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament will be held July 14th – July 17th, 2021 and will be a participating tournament in the NC Billfish Series.

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 tournament schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14TH, 2021
– CAPTAIN’S MEETING, 5:30 PM- Big Rock Landing
– PIG PICKIN’ DINNER, 6:00 PM- Big Rock Landing (Participants Only)

THURSDAY, JULY 15TH, 2021
– FISHING DAY 1, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Three days, one required lay day (Captain’s Choice)
– GAMEFISH WEIGH-INS, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM- Big Rock Landing

FRIDAY, JULY 16TH, 2021
– FISHING DAY 2, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Three days, one required lay day (Captain’s Choice)
– GAMEFISH WEIGH-INS, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM- Big Rock Landing
– FOOD TRUCKS + FUN AT THE FOUNTAIN, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM- Big Rock Landing

SATURDAY, JULY 17TH, 2021
– FISHING DAY 3, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Three days, one required lay day (Captain’s Choice)
– GAMEFISH WEIGH-INS, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM- Big Rock Landing
– AWARDS CEREMONY + DINNER, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM- Big Rock Landing

The board of directors is eager to present Kurtis Chevrolet located on HWY 70 in Morehead City as the tournament’s Major Sponsor. 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 visit, thebigrock.com/kids or contact Carlee Sharpe, BRK Tournament Director, (919) 801-8346.