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Everything You Need to Know About the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament


The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a beloved tradition for anglers on the North Carolina coast and from all over the region. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a voyeur, this event is an amazing way to spend a week on the water!

When you’re registered and ready for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, make sure also download a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s full of ideas about fun things to experience during your stay on the North Carolina Coast. With amazing restaurants, interesting attractions, and stimulating outdoor activities, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Crystal coast. When you have the Vacation Guide, you’ll already have all the information you need in one convenient place! Using the guide makes it easy to have a great time during your family’s next trip to beautiful Emerald Isle!

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament History

The first blue marlin caught off the North Carolina Coast was reeled in by Raleigh resident Jimmy Croix in 1957. Until then, there had only been myths and legends about findings of the elusive fish, which are easier to find in warmer Gulf and Caribbean waters. At 143 very real pounds, that fish changed the course of history on the Crystal Coast.

Although the exact location of the victory is still unknown, it’s suspected that Croix pulled in the fish somewhere over the Big Rock. Actually a series of underwater ledges, peaks, and plateaus, the Big Rock provides the perfect environment for the smaller fish that blue marlin feed on. Once this was discovered, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was born. The tournament had humble beginnings and has grown significantly over time. For the last 16 years, the winning boats have received upwards of $1 million in prize money.

Big Rock Tournament Entry Fee and Information

Excited about participating in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and reeling in your own prize fish? Entry fees for the competition range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the level of entry.

The fun doesn’t stop at just fishing, though. When you register for the tournament, be prepared to enjoy a full week of amazing events. Bond with fellow anglers and have a great time at dinners, parties, and more! Lady anglers even have their own special tournament!

Relax at Your Perfect Beach Home

During your ultimate fishing trip to the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, come back to the perfect beach home to sit back and relax. A Spinnaker’s Reach vacation home is the best place to come and relax after days spent out on the water. With easy access to Big Rock Fishing, in addition to shops, beaches, area attractions, and more, they’re ideally located for everything you want to do on the Crystal Coast. There are a number of beautiful rentals to choose from, and you can be sure that we have one that’s perfect for you and your family. Contact us today! We’ll be happy to assist you in planning an amazing vacation to Emerald Isle, NC!


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