BIG FISH STORY: New Record For Big Rock

The 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament kicked off in a big way Monday with a new record big blue.

The crew of the boat "Citation" out of Frisco reeled in an 883 pound Blue Marlin. That beats the record set in 2000 of 831 pounds.

This year $1.5 million dollars are up for grabs and now the race may be on for second place. That prize isn't shabby, last year it grabbed a cool $318,000.

Sea Creature was the big winner last year reeling in a 466 pound Blue Marlin.

IN 2009 the tournament had 169 boats with a purse of $1,752,366.

The tournament gave away $106,413 to charity in 2009 and has a cumulative donation of $2,041,163.00 to worthy organizations since 1988.

The Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament one-day event has donated $130,012 to local charities in the last 12 years.

For Tournament details, click on the link below.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 17, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    Nice size Blue Marlin. I've never got to catch one that big, but I've caught 2 before off of Oregon Inlet. This one my wife and I saw in person. We went down to Morehead/Atlantic Beach for a few days and got to witness history. I knew it was huge, but did'nt know that would be the record. Enjoyed time there, on the Sheraton Pier and on the beach down there. We had a blast and could'nt beleive how much Morehead City has grown in the last 4 years. I'd like to back down sometime again before the summer is over.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Vagitarian, I told you about some of the skill involved, but you also need to know, these hooks aren't "huge" compared to the size of the fish they're pretty tiny, several anglers have been killed by billfish coming over the back of the boat bill first, and many have been dragged out of the boat by the fish resisting the "attack" and keep in mind, in most cases these 400-1400lb fish are caught on lines rated at 100-200lbs of breaking strength. Also, the fish is by no means hungry, they are opportunity feeders and will eat until gorged, that's how they get to be 883lbs. Learn a little about something before you condemn it and your feelings will be less sensitive. Until then, eat some meat your brain could use the extra protiens and amino acids to help it finish developing.
  • by Mary Location: Plymouth on Jun 15, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    To Vegetarian: Fish is brain food, eat some you REALLY need it.
  • by scarlett Location: winterville on Jun 15, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    I'm a vegetarian too, but i do eat fish and love to fish. I don't criticize others for what seems like a healthy and lucrative hobby. stay in your corner and live and let live.
  • by Bite Me Location: Hamilton on Jun 15, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    Vegetarian, eat some meat and maybe it will help your brain development. The fish was not weak, I assure you. I have caught a couple myself and they are FAR from weak. And trust me, they can defend themselves with that bill. The hook was only jabbed into the fish's jaw because.......wait for it.......HE BIT IT! And finally, the fish was not put in the boat and dried out-it will lose too much weight like that and that hurts you at the scales. You should see all of the fish and deer mounts in my home. Come on the boat sometime and I can teach you some of this skill. Then you would have one besides making stupid comments.Oh boy, that would give you two skills.
  • by Vegetarian Location: Plymouth on Jun 15, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    Skill? You tell me where the SKILL is involved in this cruelty! What you've got is a poor, defenseless ocean creature cruising for it's daily meal--it's hungry and in a weakened condition--unable to defend itself or resist the attack, and then a HUGE HOOK is jabbed through it's jaw and it is DRAGGED AND WINCHED into a boat full of leering people to gasp for air, be tortured, dried out and to die of drying gills. And this is called SPORTFISHING! What a sick and disgusting thing.
  • by Troy P on Jun 15, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    They say his training involved defending himself against 3 grown men and only being able to use hot dogs. It honed his fish fighting skills as well as it got rid of some out of date hot dogs. Win, win situation!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 15, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    I would really like to know the measurement of this big fish.
  • by Margaret Location: Eastern NC on Jun 15, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    Congrats are definitely in order here! Amazing job, yes that fish took bait, but the angler used his skill to bring it in. Vegetarian needs to give it a try and see what they can do and then post a comment!
  • by Bill F on Jun 15, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    I heard he was 11 and did it by himself.He was trained in Japan to be the boats secret weapon and I guess it paid off.
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