Check Out the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City!

Looking for unique things to do in Morehead City? Participate or become a spectator at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, NC, where the thrill of the catch meets the allure of the Crystal Coast. Prepare for an unforgettable beachfront experience as you experience the excitement of this renowned Morehead City, NC, Blue Marlin Tournament. With luxurious accommodations, breathtaking scenery, and a coastal charm that is uniquely Carolina, Spectrum Properties is here to make your stay a dream come true. Book one of our Atlantic Beach, NC, rentals to prepare for this fun fishing adventure. 


Step back in time to the spring of 1957 when the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was just a hopeful idea. In those days, the existence of billfish in the North Carolina waters was uncertain. However, a group of fishing enthusiasts came together to dispel the rumors and promote deep-sea fishing off the Crystal Coast. The Fabulous Fishermen Club was born, and with the help of local merchants, they offered a cash prize to the first angler who could catch a blue marlin in these waters. That cash prize ignited a revolution, encouraging anglers and captains to venture further offshore. Finally, in September 1957, Raleigh angler Jimmy Croy made history by landing a 143-pound blue marlin aboard the Mary Z with Capt. K.W. “Bill” Olsen. This catch forever changed the face of Crystal Coast fishing, and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was born.

Charter boats ready to be enjoyed
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Rules & Registration

To ensure fair competition and uphold the tournament’s integrity, all participants must adhere to a few rules and registration guidelines. First and foremost, all boats must be registered with the Tournament Committee, and the entry fee paid to qualify for prizes and trophies. At least one person from each boat needs to attend the Captain’s Meeting, which takes place on the Sunday before the first day of fishing. This meeting provides critical information and updates regarding the tournament rules. Please note that this is a rod and reel, hook and line tournament, and the fish must be fought by rod and reel from the boat. Certain practices, such as shooting, harpooning, or lancing, are strictly prohibited. In the event of a tie by weight, the marlin with the largest total measurement of girth plus length will be declared the winner. These rules ensure fair play while preserving the excitement and challenge of landing the magnificent blue marlin.


Get ready for six thrilling days of fishing action at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. From June 10 to June 15, 2024, each day from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, anglers will set out on their quest for the prized blue marlin. Experience the exhilaration as the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean become a playground for skilled anglers competing for fame, fortune, and the chance to be crowned champion.

Big Rock Kids

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament isn’t just for adults; it’s an event that caters to the whole family, including the young ones. The Big Rock Kids Tournament is an exciting opportunity for junior anglers to get in on the action. Over three action-packed days, the young anglers can display their talent and enthusiasm. Prizes are awarded to the top-performing young anglers, with DONE DEAL claiming the first-place spot after their junior anglers release their first blue marlin. This special tournament adds an extra layer of excitement and family fun to the Big Rock experience.

Atlantic Beach Rentals at Spectrum Properties

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Spectrum Properties has you covered. Our premier selection of Atlantic Beach vacation rentals offers luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, and access to the very best of the Crystal Coast. Whether you’re looking for a cozy beachfront cottage, a spacious oceanfront condo, or a luxurious private home with a pool, our Atlantic Beach rentals provide the perfect setting for your tournament experience. As you begin this coastal journey, let Spectrum Properties guide you to the local spots of the Crystal Coast. From the bustling town of Morehead City to the pristine beaches of Atlantic Beach, NC, activities and attractions are abundant waiting to be discovered. Explore the vibrant local dining scene, indulge in water sports, or simply soak in the sun-kissed beaches. Let us be your trusted companion, sharing insider knowledge and local tips that will make your vacation truly extraordinary.