MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — With three more days to fish, the tension in the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was rising as anglers go out again Thursday to try and reel in that big one.

There was a threat of storms and severe weather on Thursday and Friday. That could limit the number of boats on the water as some could choose to take a layday. There were 266 boats on the water on Monday but only 38 on Tuesday due to the threat for bad weather. There were 230 boats on the water on Wednesday, meaning Thursday and Friday could be good laydays, if anglers choose either.

You can follow all the action on the Big Rock Twitter account. There will be updates on fish caught and being brought back to the shore to be weighed along with other updates. You can also get the Big Rock app to listen to updates throughout the day. You can also listen here on the Big Rock website.


Big Rock Leaderboard

  1. Mercenaria, 572.6 pounds*
  2. Wall Hanger, 556.4 pounds*
  3. High Yield, 536.8 pounds*
  4. Bad Habit, 526.7 pounds
  5. Builder’s Choice, 479.7 pounds
  6. Miss Wy, 454.1 pounds
  7. Breakwater, 427.8 pounds
  8. Sylva Lining, 401.3 pounds

* — Top three win overall prize money


7:47 p.m.

Breakwater’s blue marlin weighs in at 427.8 pounds, good enough for seventh place but not among the top three finishers in the prize money. Mercanaria still leads the field going into Friday’s fishing. The tournament ends on Saturday.

7:03 p.m.

Miss Wy’s blue marlin weighs in at 454.1 pounds, which is good enough for sixth overall but not enough to crack the leaderboard. The team, from Georgetown, S.C., actually had a blue on the line earlier and had to release it before hooking this one. The team landed the blue marlin around 1:30 p.m. and had a fight of a couple of hours before boating it.

Breakwater is scheduled to come in next.

5:16 p.m.

We have two blue marlin that will be weighed at Big Rock Landing. In addition to Breakwater, Miss Wy has boated a marlin. Miss Wy is expected to weigh in at 7 with Breakwater around 7:30. Due South lost its fish.

4:45 p.m.

Breakwater has boated a blue marlin, after a three-plus hour fight, and will be returning to Big Rock Landing to have it weighed later this evening.

4:20 p.m.

Three blue marlin are still on the line, fighting with anglers. Breakwater hooked up at 1:31 p.m. while Miss Wy did the same at 1:36 p.m. and Due South at 2:54 p.m.

Officials said unofficially there were 65 billfish released, 38 blue marlin, 24 white marlin and three sailfish.

3 p.m.

Hooks are out of the water except for those still battling a blue marlin. Unless one of those boats lands a fish, it’ll be a day without a blue marlin brought to the weigh station. However, there will be lots of game fish still to be showcased throughout the evening.

12:45 p.m.

There’s still time for one of the boats to reel in a big one today.

12:17 p.m.

With so many boats hitting the water today, WNCT’s Cheyenne Pagan asked some of the anglers if they have any superstitions when it comes to fishing.

10:32 a.m.

Tournament officials said 255 of the 266 boats entered in the Big Rock are on the water today. It’s the most active day of the week. Only 11 boats took a layday Thursday.

10:01 a.m.

It’s already been a good day for Haphazard. But like everyone else, they are looking for more, including landing that blue marlin everyone is looking for. A large number of fish have been hooked up and released already this morning.

8:45 a..m.

It was a good day for anglers who were going after the gamefish leaderboard. Get the full daily recap on the Big Rock website.

8:36 a.m.

This is a routine that starts the day for the tournament and the boats on the water.

8:33 a.m.

Check out our blogs from the previous three days.

Monday’s blog | Tuesday’s blog | Wednesday’s blog

WNCT’s coverage of the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament