MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County — Excitement is building as the Big Rock board of directors prepare for its 61st Annual tournament beginning June 7-15, 2019. The event features world-renowned Jarrett Bay Boatworks as its major sponsor in addition to its 62 other industry leading supporters.
“This is going to be a great tournament”, commented local captain and Big Rock President, Dale Britt. “With the new dolphin WTA level increase, participants are not gonna want to miss this one.”
In the fall of 2018, the Big Rock board decided to raise the entry level on the dolphin winner-take-all level to $2500. This increase for the largest dolphin landed should net the winner a whopping check of nearly $300,000 based on last year’s entries.
In 2018, Big Rock celebrated another record purse of $2,560,925 as top boat “Honey Hush” took home $753,875. This purse shattered all previous tournament payouts. All this, combined with spectacular fishing last year, will set the stage for the 2019 event.
Liquid Video showcases “Big Rock TV”, hosted by Rick Cowell every afternoon from 4:00 until 7:00 pm. This broadcast will showcase the daily weigh-ins, Big Rock Sponsors, and features daily giveaways on site. This year, Otterbox coolers has donated 26 hard coolers that will be given to those attending the weigh-ins all week.
The Big Rock, Big Hero program continues for its second year with the tournament and participants hosting eight deserving active duty military members. BRBH program sponsor, Salt Life, stepped up this year to make it memorable for these heroes. These nominated winners will each receive a fantastic day of world-class tournament fishing and be treated with special prize packages from Big Rock sponsors.
“We can’t wait to get this party started!”, commented Crystal Hesmer, tournament director. “Our upgrades will make this a tournament to remember and a week of fun for everyone involved”.
The Big Rock KWLA tournament will kick-off on Friday, June 7th with its one-day fishing tournament held on Saturday June 8th. This tournament celebrated a record boat total of 161 boats in 2018 and donated $25,000 to the local Carteret Health Care Cancer Center.
The Big Rock tournament will get underway Saturday evening June 8th with fishing beginning Monday June 10th through Saturday June 15th. A field of 183 boats entered in 2018 donating over $400,000 to local charities, schools and worthy organizations.