Big Rock anglers hoping for a little luck

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 05:31 PM.

“It’s the closest chance to being a rock star that a fisherman will ever get,” he said. “It’s certainly as good as it gets when it comes to fishing.”

Britt fished the Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Tournament over Memorial Day weekend when six blue marlin were boated. The Morehead City boat Maggie won the tournament with a 549.2-pound catch. Britt said his boat had a couple of hook-ups during that tournament, and with all the activity, he expects a busy week at the Big Rock compared to last year when just two marlin were weighed.

“There have been a lot of fish seen and caught this spring,” he said. “I feel like it’s going to be an exceptional year for the Big Rock this year, when you think about six fish being weighed in two days in Swansboro and there’s only 42 or 43 boats. The Big Rock you have 100 or more boats fishing for six days, so I’m going to say this will be a lot more active than last year was.”

Crystal Hesmer, Big Rock director, said the number of the boats that fished the Swansboro tournament as well as the fishing activity have tournament officials excited about the coming week.

“We feel that bodes well for our tournament as well as all the tournaments in North Carolina,” she said. “They caught a lot of blue marlin and legal blue marlin all over 400 pounds, so it’s exciting for everyone fishing the Big Rock.”

And with a new level I entry of $2,500 to get into the marlin, dolphin, tuna, wahoo and billfish release categories, Hesmer said more boats have the chance to enter and claim part of the estimated $1 million total purse.

“For $2,500, you can come fish the tournament the whole week, get guaranteed money the whole week — if you catch a fish — and have fun at all the events,” she said. “It’s just a way for boats of any size to come fish the tournament. We always want more boats to fish the Big Rock.”

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