The 61st Annual Big Rock Tournament took  place June 7-15, 2019 in Morehead City. This being one of  largest and oldest fishing tournaments, The Big Rock brings expert deep-sea fishermen to take part in such an amazing event.

“The beauty of the Big Rock is in how it captures a snapshot of the community it thrives in. For the people of Carolina’s Crystal Coast and the greater sport fishing world in general, the Big Rock represents everything we value most, namely:

  1. Family – People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the Big Rock for a variety of reasons, all of which help us realize the importance of family and the joy of spending special time with loved ones.
  2. Community – Morehead City and the surrounding area has supported the Big Rock for 60 years! Without the enthusiasm and effort of all community members, the tournament would not be what it is.
  3. Charity – Doing our part to stand by friends, family, and neighbors is rewarding and gratifying, especially when we see the positive impact it has locally. We consider it an honor to team up with some truly remarkable charities.

To all the participants and spectators who take time out of their lives to enjoy all the Big Rock has to offer, thank you! Your interest, dedication, and presence is never overlooked. We will continue working to improve the tournament you love while maintaining the historic tradition it will always carry”

Who Won?

“Top Dog” was the big winner of the tournament with a 914.0 lbs Blue Marlin. The prize money was $793,187.50 and major bragging rights. Second place in the blue marlin division was boat “Wolverine”, with a 588.9 lbs catch and prize money of $289,862.50. Then, in a close 3rd, was “Donna Mae” with a 569.9 lbs catch and a prize of $192,575.