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

The Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament takes place in Morehead City, NC, every June. This highly anticipated deep-sea fishing competition draws anglers to the coastline to reel in the prized blue marlins. Plus, many exciting events take place during the contest, so be sure to register your family for all the fun! Once you’ve secured your spot for the tournament, request access to our free Emerald Isle Itinerary. It’s full of fun things to experience during your stay on the Crystal Coast, and it’ll make planning your trip a breeze. With all the information you need in one convenient place, you’ll spend less time planning your trip and more time preparing for the tournament. Who knows, you may even be this year’s winner! 

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Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament History

Experienced anglers may be surprised to learn that it was once believed that blue marlins couldn’t be found off the North Carolina Coast. Although these fish are more common in the warmer waters of the Gulf and the Caribbean, the idea that they were impossible to find was disproven in 1957, when Jimmy Croix reeled in a 143-pound blue marlin!

The exact location of the victory is still unknown, but it’s suspected that Croix pulled in the fish somewhere over the Big Rock. The area features a series of underwater ledges, peaks, and plateaus, which provides the perfect environment to house the smaller fish that blue marlins feed on. Upon this astounding discovery, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was born. The first event had only a few participants, but since then, the boats, sponsors, and prizes have increased exponentially. For over 16 years, the Big Rock Tournament payout has been upwards of $1 million, and in 2019, the cash purse totaled over 2.8 million dollars! 

Big Rock Tournament Entry Fee and Information

Are you ready to register for this year’s Blue Marlin Tournament? Entry fees for the competition range from $2,500 to $20,000, depending on the level of entry. The exciting fishing tournament hosts several competitions, including an exclusive tournament for Lady anglers! 

The fun doesn’t stop with fishing, though. When you register for the tournament, you can enjoy a full week of fantastic events. One tournament favorite is the Captain’s Party! This great event features live music, promises plenty of fun, and prompts the perfect opportunity to get to know other participants. 

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When you register for the tournament, be sure to book your vacation home with Spinnaker’s Reach! You won’t find a better selection of rental properties anywhere else on the Crystal Coast. Our homes are perfect for families, and some even feature private  docks for boat storage. Plus, when you stay with Spinnaker’s Reach, you’ll also get exclusive access to our clubhouse and private pool. Explore all of our properties and book yours today! We look forward to having the next Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament winner!