Blog: No blue marlin caught on Day 3 of 63rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — Day 3 of the 63rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament wrapped up without any blue marlin caught.

Officials said six blue marlin, seven white marlin and a sailfish were hooked and eventually released. With no catches on Wednesday, it means Natural’s catch on Tuesday remains atop the leaderboard.

Fishing will resume on Thursday as participants look to walk away with the $2.46 million top prize.

Natural took the top spot on the leaderboard after the second day, landing a 521.6-pound blue marlin. It was the only marlin caught on Tuesday but shot the team to the top spot, previously occupied by Following Seas, which boated a 448.8-pound marlin on Monday, the only blue marlin caught then.


  1. Natural, 521.6 pounds (caught Tuesday)
  2. Following Seas, 448.8 pounds (caught Monday)


Wednesday’s coverage

4:01 p.m.

Demolished Profits, the last boat to have a hook in the water, released a blue marlin. No fish were caught today. Teams will try again on Thursday.

3:44 p.m.

We’re down to one boat still hooked with a blue marlin. Demolished Profits had a blue marlin but pulled the hook.

3:02 p.m.

Fishing is done for the day except for two boats which still have hooks in the water battling blue marlin, according to the tournament’s website.

2:57 p.m.

Cheyenne Pagan reports on what makes the Big Rock such a unique event that draws people from all over to not only see the big fish reeled in but also to enjoy other activities at the Morehead City location.

2:39 p.m.

We’ve had people ask whether the participants in the Big Rock are actually fishing for dolphin. Kelci O’Donnell explains its not Flipper they are fishing for but dolphinfish.

2 p.m.

Emily Cervarich has the latest from Kelci O’Donnell, who is at Big Rock Landing waiting for the fish to come in on the third day of the 63rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

12:15 p.m.

It’s been a quiet day so far with boats hooking marlins but with none landing one to return to shore to weigh. Kelci O’Donnell had this report during our noon news.

9:42 a.m.

The hookups this morning have been relayed via satellite due to their location being on the east side of the gulf stream! Lines are in for Day 3 of fishing- 149 boats are offshore & 121 are taking a layday! CONGRATULATIONS to WASTE KNOT (67′ Jarrett Bay) the Gregory Poole 1st Release of the Day worth $5,000 for a white marlin release at 9:25 a.m.!


9:29 a.m.

Waste Knot released a daily 1st release.



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Tuesday’s coverage

Natural catches 521.6-pound marlin to take tourney lead

‘We’re seeing really good, solid traffic’: airport directors react to uptick in travel amid Big Rock Tournament


Monday’s coverage

First day wraps up with Following Seas landing first blue marlin at 448.8 pounds

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