BIG ROCK FINAL: Double B Wins Big Rock

The boat Double B is the winner of the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

Double B's 652.8 pound blue that was brought in Monday was the winning fish. The crew won $524,375.

Blue Water came in second and won $191,050.

Sushi rounded out the leaderboard pocketing $126,700.


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There was no change Friday in the leaders for the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. For the second day in a row no blue marlins were boated.

Thirty-two boats were listed as fishing on Friday, the next to the last day for the tournament.

Double B remains in first place with a 652.8 pound blue marlin, Blue Water in second with a 580.6 pound catch, and Sushi in third place with a 467.4 pound blue.


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More than 110 boats fished in day four of the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but no blue marlins were boated.

The three fish atop the leaderboard: 652.8 pounds, 580.6 pounds and 467.4 pounds.

The Double B is in first place, the Blue Water in second place and the Sushi in third place.

We'll keep you updated here on witn.com on all the tournament action.


It's an exciting start to the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament along the Crystal Coast.

The boat "Blue Water" came to the scales in Morehead City around 2:30 p.m. and won the first-marlin prize of nearly $250,000. The marlin weighed 580.6 pounds.

According to the tournament website, the Blue Water is captained by Gray Hall. The boat hooked up at 10:49 a.m. and boated the blue at 11:52 p.m.

The angler who brought in the marlin said it is the first time he's ever caught a marlin and went on to say "it's better than winning the Lotto."

The Double B came into the scales about 4:15 p.m. The Double B, out of Manteo, hooked up at 12:17 p.m. and boated the blue at 1:02 p.m. The Double B's marlin weighed in at 652.8 pounds, taking the lead.

A third boat, Trophy, was thought to have a marlin in contention but that turned out not to be the case.

By Sunday night, there were 135 boats registered in the tournament and the purse was nearly $1.5 million. The winner of the tournament, if entered in all levels, could get more than $800,000.


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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    I'm really laughing at all these tree huggers that are crying about a few fish getting taken to the dock. I'm talking about you people who want to see fishing and hunting banned. If you have such a problem with that, go move to Asia and start becoming a bunch of vegetarians like all those Hindu people are. Don't criticize what the commercial fisherman do for a living. They do this to feed their families. If you have such a problem with them, then why don't you pay for their house, clothes, and shelter. Since you probably make no more money than them, you have no right to talk to them, or even us recreational fisherman for what we enjoy doing. You also have no right to dictate what we do around here. Our economy thrives on the seafood industry, including the markets, the restaurants, the hotels, the real estate down here (which is what I do), the shopping centers and stores, and even the schools and museums down here. Unless if you think of something better, why don't you just go shut up, and move out to California or some foreign nation and leave us fisherman and seafood lovers alone.
  • by Fisher! on Jun 19, 2011 at 10:42 PM
    You conservationist kill me! All you do is fuss about killing the fish! Don't kill the fish!! But where the heck to you think the Tuna came from that was on your plate last night? You think the manager took a fishing trip to go cook it to order?? Absolutely not! Fisherman bring the fish in during the tournament and what is not donated into research is given to people to eat! So next time you have something to say about "rednecks" fishing take into consideration what your next meal will be!
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      by Darren on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to Fisher!
      You hit it right on the head bud.
  • by P.M Location: Jacksonville on Jun 19, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    Well, I can see some people are against it, but I would surely kill a fish for half a million!!!
  • by Justin on Jun 19, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    No surprise, Heels win again!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    You guys crack me up. This tournament is no threat to the Marlin species. Have a natural resources degree. My comment is not based on ignorance as many on here are. You tree huggers need to donate to Greenpeace to help stop Japan from killing whales with large commercial fishing ships. The US has pretty much got its act together overall nowadays relative to other countries. Greenpeace harasses the heck out of those that need to be dealt with by getting out there and taking action. Get educated.
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      by Pelagic hugger on Jun 19, 2011 at 04:48 AM in reply to
      Yeah, probably a degree from UNC, the brainiacs of North Carolina. I'm impressed -ooooo!
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        by Darren on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:46 AM in reply to Pelagic hugger
        I seriously doubt this guy went to UNC-Chapel Hill. If he did, then most likely he would have a problem with the fishing tournament. Travis Stevenson is one of the exceptions out of the UNC alumni. Also, I want to congratgulate the Double B for winning this tournament. I've been on that boat with some friends before going after both blue and white marlin out of Oregon Inlet. Kenny knows his stuff when it comes to fishing.
  • by Disqualified! on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    Double B's boat registration numbers are too small per NC state law.
  • by jrod44 Location: pa on Jun 17, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    you people cry and cry over the fish being killed when these people sell these fish to rest raunts and stores for money this tortament is simply to see who catchs the bigest fish and then im sure its sold to somebody or the people take it people dont kill things for nothing people im a hunter and i know that these good people would not let these good fish go to waste so stop cryin over the fish being killed because if they didnt kill them and eat them or sell them there would be an over poplation like there is of deer in pa but we kill deer to and eat them so suck it up
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      by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 at 08:06 PM in reply to jrod44
      I have never hit a blue marlin with my car, the fish caught are not eaten, maybe you will sleep it off Otis
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        by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to
        I have and it did a lot of damage
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      by ECU Prof on Jun 19, 2011 at 04:46 AM in reply to jrod44
      Take a good look at this > . It's called a period. Sentences have them. By not even using even one you have disqualified everything you tried to convey because you're obviously, oh well forget it - you couldn't catch my drift anyway.
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      by Charles on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to jrod44
      Wow, Really? You say these fish are sold as food to Restaurants? What Planet are you from? I'm going to guess that not all of these boats have a "License to Sell", as required by NC Law. And don't Marlin have a "Gamefish Status"? You can't sell a Gamefish........jrod44. I hunt, and when I kill something, I eat it. I fish, and if I keep it, I eat it. You say you kill deer to eat them.....My point exactly. How do you feel about a Hunter that shoots a deer and just leaves it in the field to rot? I'll bet that bothers you, doesn't it? The people that are commenting on this Tournament killing fish for nothing are bothered by just that, killing something for nothing, they are not against Fishing Tournaments. Have a good day.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to Charles
        it does not bother me
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        by Col. Colt on Jun 19, 2011 at 08:02 AM in reply to Charles
        The fish become the property of the BIG Rock, thay can sell the fish.
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          by Charles on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:36 PM in reply to Col. Colt
          But they don't.............FYI
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          by General Lee on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:50 PM in reply to Col. Colt
          They sell fish with a Gamefish Status? Thank you Col. Colt, I will alert Marine Fisheries in the morning. And another thing Col., use Spell Check, it's a very handy tool.
  • by Jenn on Jun 17, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    Think about it? If you were a blue marlin, wouldn't you rather go out in glory on the scales of Big Rock Landing than at the mercy of some great white??? It is only a matter of time either way! Get a grip!
  • by yukon Location: down east on Jun 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    Ernest A Blue Marlin was never caught off the Iron Steamer pier
  • by beachbunny on Jun 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    I was wondering...the fishermen that have already brought in a big fish that puts them in 1st,,2nd,,,3rd...do they still go back out and fish? Just curious...I don't care either way...just curious
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      by Dave on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:28 AM in reply to beachbunny
      Yes, they fish 4 out of the 6 days no matter what they've already put on the board, there are other divisions, such as the release division where points are racked up based on how many marlin you have caught and released, and a gamefish division for Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi not flipper), Tuna, and Wahoo. It is possible for a boat to take home prize money in each division, so they'll be fishing until 3pm today no matter what they have already caught.
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