Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Big Rock, a big deal

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City is perhaps this region's premier outdoorsmen/sportsmen's event.

"Parking lots filled along the Morehead City waterfront Monday and people flowed along the sidewalks in the same direction. The scales opened and a crowd converged on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament weigh station to see the outcome of the first day of fishing in the weeklong tournament," said the Jacksonville Daily News. ...

"While the offshore action belongs to the boats participating in the tournament, the weigh station is the hub of excitement for everyone else.

"Curious children seek the best seat for a close-up look at the fish; friends and family arrive to cheer for their favorite crews; and visitors to the area stop for a glimpse of the biggest catch of all, the blue marlin. ...

"The Czaikowski family planned their vacation to the area around the Big Rock, and Ruth Zurn of Morehead City was glad show her brother and nephews what the tournament is all about.

" 'It's the event of the year. I always look forward to it and I'm glad to have my family here,' said Zurn, who has fished in the Big Rock's Lady Angler competition each of its 11 years.

"The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is celebrating its 50th anniversary with 176 boats vying for a tournament purse that had reached $1.79 million as of Sunday and was $230,000 higher than last year's record purse. ..."

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