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Live Local Entertainment: EmeraldFest Concert Series

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Live Local Entertainment: EmeraldFest Concert Series

We’re finally getting back to our “new” normal and enjoying outdoor activities in our communities. Tonight kicks off Emerald Isle’s 2021 EmeraldFest Concert Series which takes place at 6:30 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access.

This fun Summer concert series is always enjoyable so pick your favorite dates, bring your favorite date, your lawn chairs, or blanket, and get ready to enjoy some great music outdoors!

These free outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening throughout the Summer on Emerald Isle. Come on out and enjoy some great music with locals and visitors alike! No alcohol, please.

EmeraldFest Concert Series

EmeraldFest Concert Series – 2021 Lineup

Thursdays 6:30-8 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access

  • June 24 – Pamlico Joe and Clean Water Flow (The Sound of Coastal Carolina)
  • July 1 – 4EverAll (Americana/Rock/Folk/Pop)
  • July 8 – The Mad Fiddler (Heartbeat of Music)
  • July 15 – Pure T Mommicked (Rock Alternative)
  • July 22 – Wicked Shimmies (Variety)
  • July 29 – Big Drink (Pop/Rock/Variety)
  • August 5 – Justin Castellano (Eclectic)
  • August 12 – Scearce and Ketner (Seagrass)
  • August 19 – Naked Knees (What a Party Sounds Like)

About Emerald Isle

Named the best beach in North Carolina by USA Today, Emerald Isle is a little slice of heaven for guests with an adventurous spirit. With choices like surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, or paddleboarding there’s plenty to do. Families can take delight in miles of walking, jogging, and bike paths plus nature trails which are yours to enjoy in this pristine natural environment. You can spot white-tailed deer, a variety of birds, and waterfowl throughout the island.  Visit “The Point” to watch the absolutely breathtaking sunsets!

Live Local Entertainment Updates

For all the latest updates on live local entertainment on Emerald Isle and the EmeraldFest 2021 Concert Series, visit 2021 EmeraldFest Concert Series. Most importantly, have fun! 

Spring on the crystal coast

Why Spring is a Great Time to Visit the Crystal Coast

Spring on the crystal coast

Spring on the Crystal Coast

Spring on the Crystal Coast is the perfect way to have fun in the sun on an early getaway! 

Are you planning a trip to the Crystal Coast during Spring? Here are a few reasons why the Spring on the Crystal Coast is a great time to visit!

  • Warmer Temps Mean An Abundance of Wildlife – As the water and the salty air warms up, the local birds and dolphins return to our coast. Pods of dolphins arrive and even a whale or two are known to skirt the coast in the spring. You may also see fawns on Coast Guard Road.
  • Warmer Temps Also Mean More Fun Outside – Warmer weather and waters mean comfortable weather for fishing. If you enjoy laying out in the sun with a nice cool breeze running across you, this is the time of year for you! Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are finally reasonable activities for those of us who like a little sun on an outing. Walking along the waterfronts of Beaufort, Swansboro, and Morehead City becomes a relaxing way to spend a day of sunshine in the Spring.
  • Everything Is Open – All the shops, stores, and restaurants that closed for the Winter are back open in the Spring. The piers open, flowers bloom, and you can beat the Summer rush of crowds during a spring trip! 

Which town is your favorite to visit in the Spring? 

Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you! 

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Average High 71F | Average Low 65F


Average High 70F | Average Low 55F

Be sure to check out the many budget friendly activities to do this Spring while visiting the Crystal Coast.

Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest

Beaufort Food & Wine Festival

100 Free Things To Do

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Top To-Dos for Your Crystal Coast Bucket List

Ready to create your Crystal Coast Bucket List? You’re in for a treat! From the locals, and our frequent visitors who we’ll dub “honorary locals”, here is a list of things you MUST do while you’re here on The Crystal Coast! 

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Add These to Your Crystal Coast Bucket List


There is such thing as “beach time”, and you’ll know it when you get here. Things go a little slower when you’re at the beach and your priorities change a bit. Take advantage of the opportunity and turn off your phone, turn off the TV and computer, and really just relax and enjoy yourself. With the fast-paced hectic lifestyle we all lead, this can be hard to do. But you’ll be glad that you did when you look back at the memories and feel totally rejuvenated and reconnected.

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North Carolina’s coastal culinary experience is unlike any other. With a deep sense of tradition, local fare, and coastal atmosphere, your palate is taken to new heights. Dine on some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste from the famous shrimp burger and barbecue at Big Oak Drive-In to the fresh-caught seafood prepared in imaginative ways at some of the top restaurants along the coast.  The crystal Coast offers the finest in Southern Coastal dining.  Join us in October as we celebrate our seafood at the Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City.


The Crystal Coast has been named one of the 10 top diving locations in North America. The ocean floor is alive at the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” with over 2,000 shipwreck sites along the coastline including many World War I and II ships, the historic U-352 submarine, and a breathtaking variety of sharks, exotic Gulf Stream fish, and colorful shellfish. Not your style? You can still get up close and personal with thousands of sea creatures at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Touch a stingray, watch the otters glide through the water, and stare a shark in the eye during their twice-daily feedings in the 306,000 gallon Living Shipwreck.

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Whether it’s trying your hand at surfing, getting up the courage to strap yourself into a parasailing harness, or taking your first breath from a scuba tank, our coast is FULL of new things to try. From jet skis to banana boats, Fly Boarding to kite surfing; there are endless options for new adventures on the coast.


With the Gulf Stream pushing warm waters to our shores, the Crystal Coast offers the longest fishing season on the Atlantic coast.  Spend the day with a local crew on a charter boat and see what fish you can reel in. Some of the most popular catches along our coast are Mahi, Blue, and Yellowfin Tuna, Red Drum, Cobia, Sailfish, Striped Bass, False Albacore, and Wahoo. Get a glimpse of the giants of the sea during the Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as the pros weigh their daily catch on the Morehead City Waterfront.


Launch a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and take in the sights and sounds of the coast as you cruise through Bogue Sound. There are many small islands just waiting to be explored and miles of smooth Intracoastal and river waterways to choose from. Whether you spend a half-day or pack a lunch and take your family out for the whole day, there is no better way to experience the beauty and charm of our coast than from water level.



Hop on a boat and observe the natural beauty of the wild horses along Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island. Ferries are located in Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Harkers Island, and Davis. This is a favorite for both frequent visitors and first-time guests.  PLUS:  This is a great spot to find fabulous seashells and other treasures swept in by the tide.  Take a trip and explore the Cape Lookout National Seashore and climb the 163-foot tall Cape Lookout Lighthouse — once you reach the top, the view will surely take your breath away!


The coast is just as lively after an unforgettable sunset! Brush off the sand and order a classic cocktail from our award-winning bartenders or hit the water for a moonlit dinner cruise out of Beaufort or Morehead City. If you want to stay closer to home, try a walk on the beach under the stars! Take a flashlight with you and see if you find any Ghost Crabs roaming the beach. The tangy, salt air and roar of the ocean after dark are a whole new experience.


There’s no better way to make memories together than by starting a new tradition. Whether it’s a family photo, a favorite restaurant, or an adventure you take together every year, traditions are the best part of family vacations. One of our Facebook fans, Wendy Eastman, shared her family tradition: “Aunt Wendy’s policy is as soon as we arrive — all children PLUS Aunty Wendy must find their way to the beach and jump in fully-dressed. This has become a tradition for our family.” So come together and find a new tradition while you’re here, one that’s fun and meaningful to your family!


What would you add to this Crystal Coast bucket list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Tailgate in Your Own Backyard!

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Fishing on the Crystal Coast

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Fishing on the Crystal Coast is a popular pastime for both locals and visitors. From the White Oak River, creeks, and inlets to the surf – there is ample opportunity and fun to be had. No matter what time of the year it is, there are always fish to be caught, so bring your fishing rods because you just might land a big one!

Cast a Line Off a Pier or in the Surf

fishing off the pier on the crystal coast

The most popular time of the year for fishing is during the Fall months. The water temperature is starting to cool down and the days are pleasant.  You can fish in the surf, off a pier, or on one of the popular charters. 

You don’t have to be a skilled angler to find remarkable fishing along our coastline. Our sound, surf, and piers offer every fisherman or woman an opportunity to reel in a prize fish!

To get an incredible view of our coastline while waiting for the fish to bite – these rare wooden fishing piers are the place to be. The Bogue Inlet Pier in the heart of Emerald Isle as well as the Oceana Pier in Atlantic Beach offer unique fishing experiences. To fish from our 1000 foot piers you don’t even need a fishing license or even a fishing pole! These one-stop fishing spots have rods available for rent and bait waiting for your big catch.

Going Out to Sea

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For the Crystal Coast, charter fishing is not just a leisure sport – it’s a lifestyle. With the bevy of tournaments held here, our sparkling waters are a playground to many sport fishers around the world.

With the Gulf Stream currents less than 40 miles from many parts of our coast, underwater beauties such as Yellowfin tuna, Mahi Mahi, Giant Blue Fin Tuna, King Mackerel, Marlin, Sailfish, and Wahoo are popular trophies. Smaller fish that are caught in deeper waters include Red Snapper, Grouper, Triggerfish, and Sea Bass.  There are many charter services on the eastern end of the county that will offer half-day, full-day, and specialty fishing adventures.

“Head boats” offer larger excursions that can take up to 50 anglers out to sea while smaller vessels accommodate private parties both offering unique fishing experiences. Specialty charters can include Sportsfishing, Shark Fishing, and even Mahi-Mahi. Spending the day miles away from shore, just waiting for that “big one” to take a bite… is an escape you won’t soon forget!  Try a charter fishing expedition while you’re here for an exhilarating unmatched experience.

September, October, and November

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Surf fishermen can expect to catch Red Drum, Flounder, Pompano, Sea Mullet, and Bluefish. Live bait is best for catching Red Drum and Flounder. Shrimp and Sand Fleas are fantastic for Pompano and Mullet.

Larger fish such as Spanish and King Mackerel can be caught from the pier during September, and as we move through October, Bluefish, Black Drum and the famous Spots are present and plentiful.

November brings Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum to both the surf and pier. Bottom fishing offers a variety of fish throughout the Fall season including Black Drum, Bluefish, Pufferfish, Pompano, and Sea Mullet. Shrimp bait for bottom fishing seems to be the most popular bait.

December, January, and February

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Fishing begins to slow down as the water becomes cooler. But when the Winter is mild and the days are sunny, there’s still fish out there willing to take the bait. Fishing off the surf can bring in Sea Mullet and Pufferfish, again, using Shrimp as bait. Whereas, Red Drum can be found near the beachfront and inlets with Gulp bait or lures.

Speckled Trout are mainly found in creeks and it’s been said they love Gulp Jerk Shads and Zoom Flakes.

March through August

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Once the temperatures begin to warm up you’ll find Sea Mullet and Pufferfish moving back in. If you’re up for a little adventure, Skates and Rays can be caught by using double hooked shrimp in the surf. 

Of course, Summer is a great time of year for fishing, and as the days get hotter there is always something different to be caught. During the early part of summer, surf and pier fishers can expect to land smaller Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, and maybe a Flounder or two. Red Drums have been easily in the marshes during the early Summer and in the White Oak River near oyster beds using live bait. Mid-Summer offers Sea Mullet and small Flounder as well as the possibility of catching Tarpon with live bait from the pier.

Moving through late-Summer and into early Fall you’ll see more of the Spanish Mackerel, as well as Bluefish, larger Flounder, and Speckled Trout. You can use jigs for small Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish, although Bluefish will bite at Shrimp bait as well!

Summer is also a great time of the year for bottom-fishing. There is a nice variety of fish throughout the season including Sea Mullet, Croakers, Pompano, Black Sea Bass, Gray Trout, and Gag Grouper.

Try  Fishing on the Crystal Coast

Fishing is a wonderful way of passing the time and enjoying the outdoors. Fish are plentiful along our beautiful Crystal Coast and no matter what time of the year you’re here, you’ll find there is always someone fishing.

As you’re planning your vacation, be sure to add your rods to the list of items to pack along with your fishing license. If you don’t already have one, that’s okay, too. Local tackle shops provide fishing licenses as well.

We really do have it all!

Public Boat Launches

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  • Emerald Isle Intracoastal Waterway  6800 Emerald Drive

  • Morehead City Intracoastal Waterway (behind Crystal Coast Visitors Center) 3407 Arendell Street
  • Cedar Point (Swansboro) Intracoastal Waterway 144 Cedar Point Boulevard
  • Beaufort (Taylor’s Creek) 2370 Lennoxville Road

Where to Get an NC Fishing License

Individuals 16 years of age or older using any type of bait or gear to catch finfish while fishing in North Caro­lina’s public waters must possess a valid North Carolina fishing license. This license requirement does not apply to private ponds. Individual residents who receive Food Stamps, Medicaid, or Work First Family Assistance may obtain a written waiver (Annual Subsistence License Waiver) from this fishing license requirement through the county Department of Social Services. A $2 transaction fee may be added to your total order (NCGS 113-270.1B).

Some licensed piers such as the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and Oceanana Pier require you to purchase a pass to use their facilities and because of this, their pass may cover your NC-CRFL.

Where to Get Your NC Fishing License

  • Purchase a license in person at one of the offices of the Division of Marine Fisheries. Fishing licenses are also available at many local bait and tackle shops as well as sporting goods stores.
  • Purchase a license online on the NC Wildlife website. Once you’re on the site, just click on the green “Purchase Licenses and Permits” button.
  • Call to purchase a license at (888) 248-6834 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Will you give fishing a try while you’re on the Crystal Coast? Let us know in the comments! 

Take a Kid Fishing Recap

Take a Kid Fishing 2019

Every summer, hundreds of volunteers gather up along The Crystal Coast for Take a Kid Fishing Day. This year, a handful of our Real Estate Agents teamed up alongside other Real Estate Professionals within the County to partake in the day of fun in the sun.

Sharon Salmon, who has been an active supporter of the program said, “The agents came together and worked as a team.  Captain Stacy was wonderful to try to assure that fish would be caught.  They pulled up anchor many times to move to another spot. Lots of different species were caught and the children were so excited.  Just to see the smiles and happiness this event produced can hardly be described.  It was truly heart warming! I’m proud to help with such a great cause!”

“This was my first year helping out and what a success! Kids were all so well mannered and so excited to catch anything- whether it was small pin fish, small sharks and even crabs that latched onto the baits! Captain Stacy did an awesome job!” – Kathy Furtner

To learn more about this great organization, and how to get involved for next year- Please click the button below to be directed to the Take a Kid Fishing Website.

2019 Big Rock Tournament

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.

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Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC

Big Fish, Big Fun, & Big Money Are Coming To Downtown Morehead City

Catch All The Action At Big Rock Landing for the 61st Big Rock Tournament on June 8- 15

A Little Bit of Fishistory

See what we did there? Hey- At least we tried

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC – The year was 1956, and fishing for Billfish was simply something people did not do off the coast of North Carolina. Still, time and time again, crews from cargo ships would come back to the port at Morehead City with those age old tales about the biggest things you’ve ever seen flying through the air as they passed through the Gulf Stream. A group of local men, decided to see for themselves whether or not these stories of Blue Marlin off the NC Coast were true, and set out to local businesses in order to generate a size-able prize for the first person to bring one back in the boat. And so, the Fabulous Fisherman Club was started, and the Charter Fishing businesses thrived with folks who wanted to be a part of the chance to make history.

A Raleigh angler by the name of Jimmy Croy, fishing about a vessel by the name of Mary Z, was the lucky one to strike first. After relaying the message that they had ‘boated a blue’ word spread around town and they were greeted at the docks with great fanfare and police sirens. In impromptu parade ensued, and a little red wagon filled with silver dollars was pulled in and delivered to Mr. Croy. It’s worth noting that the fish weighed-in at 143 pounds.

After about 40 years of hard work and dedication of providing a family-friendly, enjoyable experience for fishermen all across the country- the Big Rock Blue Marlin has become the highest pay-out Blue Marlin tournament in the world.

For some ‘Blast from the Past’ photos- check out the Photo Gallery History on the official Big Rock Website!

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC

Mahi Mahi, a popular staple among our favorite local fish tacos, is a colorful dolphin that amounts to one of the biggest prize winnings for the Annual Big Rock Tournament. The fish varies in weight, up to about 40 pounds.

Big Rock Landing in downtown Morehead City is the place to be in the early afternoons of the second weekend in June. If you’re not able to attend, you can usually catch a live broadcast on The Big Rock website, and follow along the action for projected weigh-in times.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC

It’s All About The Money

Or The Biggest Fish, First Blue Marlin, Or Number Of Fish You Catch- Depending On How You Look At It

This year’s total tournament purse will likely amount to the highest winnings in the rich history of the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. With over $2.5 Million in prize money awarded in 2018, some fabulous fishermen will be riding off into the sunset with a little more than a wagon full of silver dollars. There are several different categories that each boat can enter and the check for each varies depending on a few different factors. The kicker- you’ve got to pay to enter the category to receive the money. Some boats miss out on big pay-days by not entering all categories, which makes this tournament unique in the fact that there’s a little strategy involved with the signups. This year’s Dolphin ‘Winner Take All’ category has increased it’s earnings, with more than $350,000 projected to be awarded to the boat that brings in the biggest dolphin, based off last year’s number of participants. The Fabulous Fisherman prize is always a highly sought-after award, based off the tradition from the first tournament and the $500,000 payday- The first boat to weigh in a 500 pound Blue Marlin takes the cake. Now try to imagine weighing in the first fish, and having it hold out to be the heaviest throughout the entire week. You’re probably heading home with a 7 figure check, and your named etched in history at Big Rock Landing. It’s truly a sight to see the strength it takes to raise one of these oceanic beasts up on to the scale, and you can only imagine trying to get one safely onto the boat. Make sure to tune in to the hookup schedule, to see one of these massive fish weighed in for yourself!

Good Fun, All For Good Cause

Family, Community & Charity Drives The Big Rock Foundation To Grow Every Year

The Official Mission Statement for the Big Rock Foundation Board includes:

  1. To promote sport fishing throughout Carteret County and the state of North Carolina
  2. To promote conservation among sport fisherman
  3. To raise money for Charities and Worth Community Projects
  4. To preserve Maritime Culture & Heritage
  5. To promote Marine Education

Of these goals, one of the most enjoyable experiences the board members have (other than Big Rock week) is giving back to local charities and community projects. In 2018, the board was able to fund their annual core donations, and also contribute $150,000 to the Morehead City Little League and $50,000 to help fund electric bills for locals affected from Hurricane Florence. In total, from the 2018 event alone, the Big Rock Foundation donated a total of $458,000 back into our community! The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC Foundation boasts a total of $5 million to charitable donations and goodwill back to our company over the course of its existence.

New Initiatives

One of our favorite new initiatives that started last year is the ‘Big Rock, Big Hero’ campaign. Through a corporate sponsorship with Salt Life, active duty military are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to fish aboard a boat in The Big Rock Tournament.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC has obviously become a tremendous success story, not only for the fishermen, or donation recipients, but for all of Carteret County and the businesses that call it home. One of the busiest weeks of the year, and traditionally the first full week that NC Public Schools let out for Summer Vacation, there is a lot riding on a great kickoff to the Summertime. The Big Rock fills the void, not only for fishing supply stores, marinas, restaurants & bars, but also lodging accommodations (like us!), the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park, and the NC Maritime Museum.

Big Rock Landing in downtown Morehead City is the place to be in the early afternoons of the second weekend in June. If you’re not able to attend, you can usually catch a live broadcast on The Big Rock website, and follow along the action for projected weigh-in times.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC: The Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament is a fun and unique way to start the Big Rock Week off!

Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament

A Kickoff To Big Rock Week, A Chance For The Ladies To Shine, & A Beautiful Tribute To A Wonderful Woman

The Saturday before boats start their engines for the official Big Rock Tournament, most participate in the Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament, also known as the KWLA. It is a one-day event for the ladies to showcase their fishing skills, hopefully win some money, and again- all for a good cause. One of the highlights of the entire week, is the Friday night Captain’s Party- featuring the Best Dressed Competition for Lady Angler Tournament participating teams. It’s truly a site to see, and a great chance for all fishermen and fisher women to get together and celebrate what they all hope to be a successful week of ‘Tight Lines’. Last year, the KWLA resulted in another record purse, with nearly $150,000 dollars awarded to winners, and $25,000 presented to the Carteret Health Care Cancer Center.

A Nod To One Of Our Own

Jim Bailey deserves a ton of credit for helping The Big Rock Become What It Is Today

Jim Bailey, one of our Atlantic Beach Real Estate Agents, has proudly served on The Big Rock Board of Directors for 27 years. He was named the President of the Board from 1997-1999 and championed the efforts to make Big Rock Landing a reality. The Big Rock Landing has played a huge part in revitalizing the downtown Morehead City business district, while allowing boats to weigh-in safely and spectators to view all the action first-hand. Just across Evans Street from Big Rock Landing, hosts the Big Rock headquarters, which serves as the supply store and board member meeting area.

Jim Bailey- Wearer of many hats (Including, but Not Limited to) Broker/REALTOR® at our Bluewater Real Estate Atlantic Beach Office, Owner/Operator of Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, and Big Rock Foundation Board Member

The 61st Annual Big Rock T-Shirt comes in a wide variety of coastal colors, and features a Marlin similar to the statue located at Big Rock Landing, with a classic Sport fishing vessel backed-in to the official weigh-in station in the background.

How Many Big Rock Tees Do You Have?

If the answer is 0- Order one today from The Big Rock Online Store!

Did you know- The Big Rock sells about 30,000 T-Shirts each year?! Chances are if you’ve lived or visited along The Crystal Coast, you’ve got one somewhere, but if you don’t- There’s no need to panic! You can visit The Big Rock Store in Downtown Morehead at 710 Evans Street, or you can order all of their products online from The Big Rock Webstore. They offer a variety of products showcasing the different logos and artwork for the KWLA and Big Rock Tournaments, almost always mentioning ‘The Fisherman’s Paradise’ where it all started, Morehead City, NC. You’ll be able to find everything you need including the famous T-Shirts, hats, towels, buckets, cups, koozies & more!

To learn more about Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament – Morehead City, NC, who’s in the lead, and attend some of the events, click the button below!

Wake-Boarding the Intracoastal Waterway

Wake-boarding is a fun way to get a good workout and the Intracoastal Waterway & Bogue Sound are the perfect places to give it a shot.

The wet and wild cousin of skateboarding, snowboarding, waterskiing and surfing, wakeboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world!

1. Wear a Lifejacket:

This tips section is no exception to this extremely important boating safety rule. Be sure to wear a life preserver, or personal flotation device (PFD), at all times when you are on the water

2. Use a Spotter

Make sure you have a designated spotter to help alert the driver to your position at all times and keep an eye out for other approaching boats or objects in the water.

3. Put Your Best Foot Forward

Before you go out on the water for the first time, one of the most basic wake-boarding tips to remember is to decide which foot you want to face forward. The foot you choose should be the foot you always instinctively put forward. When I first started to wake-board, my driver stood behind me and pushed me with slight force. Whichever foot landed forward to catch my balance was the foot I chose to face forward while wake-boarding.

4. Use a Beginner Wake-Boarding Stance

This will make the board easier to control and navigate in the water. The best way to position yourself as a new wake-boarder is to place the back binding as far back towards the end of the board and align it at zero degrees so that your weight is able to press directly on top of the rear fin. The front binding should be angled (around 15 degrees) and slightly pointed towards the front of the board.

5. Use a Shorter Rope

The shorter the length of the rope, the easier it is for beginners to get up and out of the water. The recommended length for a beginner is about 30-50 feet.

6. Stay Close to the Board at First

Keep your arms and knees tucked in and stay crouched down until you are fully out of the water. Then try standing slowly and deliberately so that balance and weight distribution are evenly maintained.

7. Distribute Your Weight Correctly

When trying to stand up and get out of the water, most of your weight needs to be on your front foot (about 60%). Once you are in a standing position, make sure to shift the weight back to distribute it evenly on the board.

8. Keep the Tow Handle Low

Beginners will find it easier to stay up if the rope handle is held in a lowered position that is parallel to the water.

9. Use the Correct Boat Speed

Be sure to make the boat driver aware that wake-boarding requires less boat speed than water-skiing or other water sports. The maximum recommended speed should be around 15-20 mph

10. Check Conditions

Be sure to check the conditions of the environment before wake-boarding. Windy conditions are often detrimental to wake-boarders because of preexisting waves. The purpose of wake-boarding is to ride the wake being made by the boat. When the water is already rough and choppy, it is much more difficult to stand up and get out of the water.

DO NOT WAKE-BOARD AT NIGHT – It is a hazard to both you and other boaters. Wake-boarding, as well as many other water sports, should only be done during the day when it is light out so others can see you!

11. Keep Calm and Wake-Board On!

Take your time, stay relaxed, and remember that practice makes perfect! Don’t become frustrated if it takes several tries or more to get up on your first time. Mistakes and spills are a normal part of the learning process!

Check out this video of me wake-boarding in the Bogue Sound

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Special *SHOUT-OUT* to Jay W. for being my boat driver and to Maria L. for being my spotter!