MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — We’re at the midway point at the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Only 38 boats went out on Tuesday due to the threat of bad weather. So the leaderboard did not change from Monday. On Wednesday, 230 boats hit the water with 36 taking a layday, according to the tournament 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. Sylva Lining, 401.3 pounds

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.


4:24 p.m.

Do you believe in superstitions? Let us know at We’ll have the poll up at 5 p.m. Some of the anglers at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament say they do. Check out our story from Cheyenne Pagan coming up on 9OYS News at 5.

3:03 p.m.

It’s 3 p.m. so lines are out of the water. Tournament officials say Dirty Martini is still hooked up with a blue marlin. Looks like one may be our limit for today.

2:02 p.m.

Builder’s Choice out of New Bern lands a blue marlin that’s 479.7 pounds, good enough for fifth place. There’s less than an hour for boats to land a blue before the 3 p.m. deadline for today.

12:52 p.m.

You can tell it’s been a busy day on the waters just by the number of hooks landed and released for blue marlin. Check out the Big Rock website to keep up with the latest. We’ll have live video from Big Rock Landing of Builder’s Choice out of New Bern and its blue marlin weigh-in around 1:45 p.m.

11:36 a.m.

We have our first blue marlin boated of the day. It will be heading to the Big Rock Landing station to be weighed at around 1:45 p.m., tournament officials said on their website.

11:11 a.m.

The Big Rock Foundation is a big part of the annual tournament. Check out this great video to find out more about the organization and the good work done.

10:01 a.m.

Big Rock officials announced the $5,000 winner for the first hook and release of a blue marlin on Wednesday.

9:49 a.m.

It’s definitely going to be a busy day on the water.

9:22 a.m.

There were a lot of hookups but no blue marlin boated on Tuesday. Mercenaria landed the first blue marlin on Monday and, as it turned out, had the biggest one, too. Of the five that were brought in to weigh on Monday, the Mercenaria crew had the biggest haul at 572.6 pounds.

It was an active first day of fishing that saw Michael Jordan’s Catch 23 crew hook up two blue marlin (neither were boated) and even land a 24-pound dolphin that briefly gave his team the lead in that category.

9:17 a.m.

Gas prices impact everyone, even the anglers at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. WNCT’s Cheyenne Pagan has more on this in her report from Tuesday.

9:07 a.m.

Check out our blogs from the previous two days.

Monday’s blog | Tuesday’s blog

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