Monday, April 12, 2010

Whoa!! What a photo... but you only get a chance to see this magnificent site if you go offshore and happen to be lucky enough to be in the right spot.

Well, 52 years and counting, and plenty of our Big Rock fishermen have done just that. Last year we enjoyed a 97% release rate with 73 blue marlin, 48 white marlin and 15 sail released during the 2009 Big Rock tournament. Those releases, (not to mention the catches), helped anglers win over $1,752,366 in prize money.

This year the board has added a dolphin-winner take all level (thanks Randy), so that even if the "big one" doesn't come along all those participating will have a chance for a dolphin prize worth an estimated $75,000! That's right, --for a mere $4000, boats of all sizes can participate to win a very nice paycheck for a fish the tournament has never been short of.

If you are late in the decision process, that's no problem! Call the office and we will help get you settled so you can have a sure enough blast come June 11-19th..... and we won't tell anyone you didn't plan it that way all along.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Are Your Teams Ready?

Have you booked your slip? Have you made arrangements for a place to stay?

In the cold of winter when everything seems gray, there is nothing like planning how much fun you will have during the upcoming 52nd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament!

So why not get your trip planned, the more the merrier, and sit back and dream about "the big one" just off the North Carolina coast.

June will be here before you know it! Big Rock Rules and Registration form is online now and will be mailed out next week. If you want to be added to our mailing list, email me at and I'll be happy to send them out. For more information contact tournament headquarters at 252-247-3575.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Fresh Start-

After a somewhat dismal economy picture in 2009, I think we all are ready to let business pick up and actually get going again. AND,....I must say, it seems to be looking exactly like that!

Over the Christmas holidays, I had four (yes, four) emails from new companies who were interested in finding their spot among the leading sponsors of Big Rock. This showed me that hope is still available to anyone who takes the chance to go out there and find it.

There are plenty of exciting new idea's with Big Rock this year including our new winner take all dolphin category. This category is geared towards the smaller boat and smaller entry level but with plenty of ways to win. For a total of $4000, you are in the guaranteed level for blue marlin, daily/weekly prizes for release, and daily/weekly prizes for all gamefish ..PLUS, a total prize pot for the dolphin-winner take all!!

So grab your friends and plan for one of the best weeks you will have in 2010 by fishing with the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ft. Lauderdale Bound!

The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year as signs of economic improvement begin to appear. Housing sales are better than previous months and we believe this will trickle down to the boat market as well. After all, what good is a house without a boat? At least that's the way my coastal brain works.

I'll be headed there this week to see the show and continue my never ending quest for Big Rock sponsors. We have been extremely fortunate to have the continued support of our sponsors through this tough time and I will do my best to make it worth their while. The tournament is a "rock" (if you will) among the waves of slow economy and continues to see growth in participation and sponsors.

The Big Rock board would like to welcome Coble Trench Safety, owned by Tom Coble of Greensboro, North Carolina. Coble Trench Safety stepped up this year as Presenting Sponsor and has now committed his support for the next three years as Major Sponsor. A Carteret County homeowner and Big Rock fisherman, Tom has given his support for many years and is excited to participate as the major leading sponsor of the tournament.

All sponsors are encouraged to commit for 2010 now to save their position for the upcoming event. Thanks to everyone who has already secured their spot in the line-up!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Randy Ramsey on the Radio!

This weekend is the 21st Annual Ducks Unlimited Band the Billfish Tournament and our own, Randy Ramsey of Jarrett Bay Boatworks/Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales will be on the radio entertaining the DU participants.

Randy's knowledge of the boats and their captains along with his quick wit offer participants a link back to land as they await the billfish bite. He has been the BIG ROCK radio personality for several years and we hope he never "quits" his job!

Randy and the other 14-member board of directors volunteer their time all year long to make Big Rock a successful event. Their efforts have netted over 2 million dollars to worthy organizations so far and have built a foundation to sustain these charities for many years to come.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yeah, ....What It's All About-


Though much is said about the amount participant's win, charity is why this 15-member volunteer board of directors work so hard each year to make Big Rock a success.

Yesterday the board donated $91,413 to fourteen different organizations who they have defined as the "core" group of charities. This annual event, held at the Dunes Club in Atlantic Beach, is what the entire board looks forward to each year. The icing on the cake of what was a great tournament year.

Pictured here with Casey is Chuck Bryant, Director of Newport Developmental Center and his predecessor Doris Oglesby, who recently retired from the school for adult handicap students. Even though Doris is living the high life of retirement, she asked if she could attend the charity luncheon just because it has meant so much to her in the past. The Newport Developmental Center is THE core charity of the tournament since it was the first to receive the benefits of a profitable event. Doris, Chuck and all the other recipients were so very thankful for the donations Big Rock makes each year. In turn, the board thanked each of them for working with organizations that define what a real community stands for.

President Tom Bennett opened the ceremony and welcomed everyone, Gene McClendon of Hope Mission offered the prayer, and the recipients were treated to a nice lunch prior to the presentation. Casey Wagner, charity committee chairman, presented each charity their donation for 2009 saving the final RAAB Clinic check for last.

Casey, still heartbroken over the loss of his wife Keli to breast cancer last year, was filled with emotion as he explained the renaming of the ladies tournament for Keli and why the donations to the clinic were so important. Sonda Warrington, director of RAAB, offered her thanks and defined the use of funds for patient comfort and care. The Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament raised $23,000 during this year's one-day tournament, $7000 of which came from non-fishing teams!!

It was a great way to start the holiday weekend knowing that Big Rock has now breached the 2 million dollar mark in its support of these many worthy causes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just a few days ago, this was the site at the weigh station...
Wow, what fun we had!!

Another great weather week, unprecedented re-entries, and a finish that couldn't be scripted any better with two North Carolina captain's battling it out.

The 51st Annual Big Rock was a wonderful success thanks to the multitude of committed staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make each facet of the event the best it could be.

A special "shout out" to Randy Ramsey who arrived each morning with Tiffany at 6:00 am. Tiff offered to open the office for me and Randy of course, didn't want to be without her! Once the office was opened, Randy escorted Omie Tillet in at 7:00 for the morning prayer. My office was full all week with people wanting to listen to Randy and have a moment of his time. He is a very special man, a successful businessman and a committed Big Rock board member.

Mike Thompson also spent his entire week handling the funds and adjusting the purse as needed. This job alone takes a full time person. Thanks Mike!

Media Director, Bruce Paul-, Statistician-Jo Ann Taylor, Office Assistant-Barb Backman, Web/Photographer-Ronnie Boone, Weigh Station-Randy Gregory and George Lott, M/C- Rick Cowell, Streaming Video-Brian Goodwin, Bar-Lynn Ward and Thurmond Beard, and of course Web/Assistant Rowanne Robertson. All of these people and more giving an entire week through exhaustion to make the tournament as perfect as it could be.

Thanks to everyone mentioned and unmentioned for your loyal efforts to the biggest and best billfish tournament in the U.S or anywhere!!