The 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Casts Off This Weekend on the Crystal Coast


Big boats, big fish, big money, big crowdsthat's what you'll find June 7-15 on the Morehead City Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournamentwaterfront. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament brings all of that and more to the Crystal Coast this weekend. Fishing days run from June 10-15 from 9a.m. to 3p.m. (8a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturday) with the scales at Big Rock Landing closing daily at 7p.m. (6p.m. on Saturday) for gamefish. You can find the full Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament schedule of events listed here.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has an interesting history. The tournament gets its name from a structure on the continental shelf called "Big Rock" where the warm Gulf Stream waters intersect the colder coastal waters of the North Carolina coastline. Big Rock is not a rock at all but a series of ledges, peaks and plateaus about 8-10 miles long and 1 mile wide just a short distance from the Morehead City waterfront. Big Rock attracts small reef fish, which in turn attract larger fish, which in turn attract the blue marlin. The first blue marlin was caught in these local waters on September 14, 1957 by Raleigh angler Jimmy Croy. It weighed in at 143 pounds.

The tournament stBlue Marlin Fishingarted with a prize purse of 250 silver dollars and has now grown to over $1 million. It is the state's largest blue marlin tournament. In addition to boosting the local Crystal Coast economy, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has given out over $2.5 million to charity since 1988.

The BigRock.com keeps you up-to-date with all of the latest breaking tournament news as well as tournament regulations, rules, details and more. You can also find additional updates and information at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament page on Facebook.

We get excited for this event every year! If you'd like to spend the week here, remember there are some great Crystal Coast beach vacation rentals perfect for you, your family and your friends all within a short coastal drive of Morehead City and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament action. We hope to see you at the scales of Big Rock Landing!

*Photos courtesy of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.