- Friday, June 8th - Saturday, June 16th
Known as one of the biggest and best fishing tournaments along the Eastern Seaboard, the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a Crystal Coast-wide celebration that extends from the open and offshore Atlantic waters to the local docks of the Beaufort, Morehead City, and the Atlantic Beach waterfront.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is renowned as one of the country’s biggest and oldest sports fishing tournament, and both participants and spectators alike can easily join in the fun. Hundreds of teams compete every year for a chance to cash in on hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, and everyday visitors are invited to head to the Morehead City waterfront throughout the event to watch the big hauls get weighed and measured on the edge of the downtown docks. Corresponding events are held at multiple locales throughout the region before, during, and after the tournament, which can range from specials at local restaurants and eateries, to big parties at waterfront establishments in Beaufort and Morehead City. With a large scale celebration that can be enjoyed in virtually every community along the Crystal Coast, the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament lives up to its reputation as the biggest and best fishing tournament of the year.