North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is home to the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and in June the intensity will be at its highest when it is decided who takes home the grand Big Rock prize.
Ever since the first big catch of marlin in 1957, fishermen have flocked to North Carolina’s coastal waters to see if they too could catch big game. The 53rd annual fishing tournament kicks off on June 10 to 18 in Morehead City. Fishermen from all over the country join in on the tournament in hopes of winning big.
The tournament offers a variety of festivities including a captain’s party, sponsored dinners, an awards banquet with an auction and a lady angler event. Prizes for the competition vary with each level as the opportunities to win increase. Daily release prizes include $5,300 for the 53rd billfish release during the tournament and $2,000 each day for the first billfish released that day.
The Big Rock Tournament has provided more than $1million to winners for the past 13 years and the competition continues to grow each year. With all this prize money, the board still finds a way to give back. Supporting numerous charities, they have donated more than $2,300,000.
The “gems” of the Crystal Coast include Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Harker’s Island and Morehead City. Dangling like a delicate strand of pearls off the coast of North Carolina, the favored Atlantic beach destination represents one of the only remaining natural barrier island systems in the world.
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For more information on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament visit www.thebigrock.com