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Big Rock Marlin Tournament

Big Rock Marlin Tournament Facts:

  • Held June 7th-15th, Morehead City, North Carolina
  • Official weigh station is located on the Morehead City Waterfront. Weigh station closes at 7pm during the week and at 6pm Saturday
  • Teams may fish 4 of the 6 tournament fishing days
  • Non-fishing days must be reported to one of the official reporting stations prior to 9am of the day declared as a fishing day
  • Blue Marlin must weigh a minimum of 400lbs or have a short length measurement of at least 100 inches

Big Rock Marlin Tournament

After more than 50 years, the Big Rock Marlin Tournament has grown to become the largest marlin tournament in North Carolina. The Big Rock is a series of ledges and peaks that covers an area about 10 miles long by 1 mile wide located approximately 45 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries requires a recreational fishing license for anyone participating in fishing aboard a vessel.

Boats fishing the Big Rock Marlin Tournament must use circle hooks when deploying natural baits or natural bait-artificial lure combinations. This regulation allows the use of "J" hooks with artificial lures in tournaments. There are no recreational circle hook requirements outside of billfish tournaments. The National Marine Fisheries Service defines a circle hook as a hook originally designed and manufactured so that the point of the hook is turned perpendicularly back towards the shank of the hook to form a generally circular or oval shape. The unique curved shape of a circle hook, essentially like that of a capital "G" helps prevent it from catching in the gut or throat of a fish, where it can cause significant internal injury.

For more information refer to the official tournament website- www.thebigrock.com

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Big Rock Marlin Tournament Weather Forecasts and Fishing Data

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Big Rock Marlin Tournament Fishing Tips

  • Check Buoyweather.com for 7 day wind and swell forecasts for the area offshore of Morehead City, North Carolina. This will give you a good idea of what conditions to expect and where to fish during the tournament.

  • Blue Marlin can often be found feeding close to the surface in water temperatures between 72 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Check SST and Altimetry charts to find temperature breaks within the tournament boundary. Current breaks hold bait and serve as natural migratory pathways for bait and the blue marlin that feed on them

  • Look for eddies that will bring clear blue water into the areas offshore of Morehead City, North Carolina that will often hold higher than normal concentrations of Blue Marlin.

  • Dead-Bait and trolling spreads are the preferred method of fishing for Blue marlin during the Big Rock Marlin Tournament.