Alright, fishing fanatics and independent thrill seekers! Each year, we get our veins pumping and our hearts racing — just to see who is going to hook-up and reel-in the biggest Blue Marlin of the 59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament! For one week
each year, the Crystal Coast draws more than 200 competitors with the finest offshore fishing vessels in the world to enter this high-stakes tournament. This event is one of the largest fishing tournaments in the U.S. and offers an incredible chance to capture
the ever illusive Blue Marlin and take home a Grand bounty. Lady Anglers kick-off the event with the KWLA Lady Angler's Tournament on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 with a fun day of fishing. The men's Big Rock tournament begins Monday, June 12, 2017 for an thrilling
week of fishing along the Crystal Coast. Those who dare to venture off-shore are sure to find an experience like none other and ideal conditions are never guaranteed. For those who like keep their feet closer to the shore, this exciting nine-day event includes
fun-filled activities and daily public weigh-ins. Some events may require tickets in advance. Proceeds from the Big Blue Rock Marlin Tournament are given to charities. Be sure to find out more at
The Big Rock – which is not a rock at all – is a series of ledges, peaks and plateaus that covers an area about 8-10 miles long by 1 mile in width. It’s a haven for small reef fish – the type of fish that attract the larger fish that blue marlin feast on.
It’s a microcosm of the oceanic food chain just a short distance from the Morehead City waterfront.
While the Big Rock remained an underwater secret for much of the nation’s history, it’s now considered the premier spot for marlin fishing on the East Coast. But even though the Big Rock has provided more than $1 million to tournament winners for 17 straight
years, it took 40 years of hard work by the Big Rock board of directors and tournament organizers to reach this level of success.
Learn more about the Big Rock history here.