The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament 2014 Brings Reel Excitement to the Crystal Coast

The Big Rock Fishing Tournament

The 56th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament casts off this week beginning on Friday, June 6 and continuing through Saturday, June 14. The tournament draws anglers of all ages and ability levels to the Crystal Coast waters annually for this big event. Spectators weigh-in on the tournament action daily at the Morehead City waterfront as the large game fish hit the scales.

About the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

The Big Rock fishing tournament is part of the NC Governor's Cup Series and is one of the oldest and largest sportfishing tournaments on the East Coast. It offers prizes for marlin releases, as well as weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The total purse for the Big Rock exceeds $1 million dollars annually, with over $3 million going toward local charities.

History of the Big Rock

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 56th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Schedule of Events

The Big Rock tournament is filled with gala events and, of course, plenty of fishing. Fishing days run from June 9-14 from 9a.m. to 3p.m., except on Saturday where fishing is 8a.m. to 2p.m. Scales close daily at 7p.m.; 6p.m. on Saturday.

Here is an overview of the tournament events for the Big Rock this year.

Friday, June 6
Lady Angler Event 6-9p.m.Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament

Saturday June 7
Big Rock KWLA 8a.m.-1p.m.
Sponsor's Reception 5:30-7p.m.
Captain's Meeting 7:30-8p.m.

Sunday, June 8
Sunday Pig Pickin' 6-9p.m.

Wednesday, June 11
Wednesday Dinner 7-10p.m.
Sunday, June 8

Thursday, June 12
Bailey's Luncheon 11a.m.-4p.m.

Saturday, June 14
Awards Banquet & Auction 7-10p.m.

There's An App for That

This year's event offers a free Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament app downloadable at Apple's App Store. The Big Rock app keeps you informed on the latest up-to-the-minute action including the Blue Marlin Leaderboard, Full Leaderboard, Hookups & Releases and more.

Where to Stay During the Big Rock Tournament

Emerald Isle vacation rentals offer close, convenient access to the Morehead City waterfront, which is just a short coastal drive away. Enjoy the perks of staying right on our beautiful beaches and still enjoying all of the Crystal Coast's best events, festivals and attractionsincluding the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Make your plans now!

We hope to see you on the Morehead City waterfront for all of the fishing tournament action. Let us know if you'll be there. Best wishes and big fishes to all of the Big Rock fishing tournament participants!

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