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Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament 2019 – Who’s Hooked Up? Daily Leader Results, Video, And Winner

During the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament 2019 event we are going to have a staff member follow the action by the hour and will update this page frequently with information on which boats are hooked up and have boated a Blue Marlin, what their estimated arrival time is to the weigh station, who the current leader is, video, and other commentary about this annual fishing tournament in Morehead City NC.

This is the 2019 action, review our new page for this year’s tournament or join us on social media where we will provide updates. Go to our new page now. Readers are encouraged to refresh the new page often to see new updates.

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Media and 2019 Winner

Top Dog is the 2019 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament winner with a 914 lb blue marlin. (61 year tournament record)

Wolverine is in 2nd place with a 588.9 fish.

Theresa Jean is in 3rd place with a 582.1 fish.

This section will be populated with data as our team brings you video of boats as they arrive at Big Rock Landing and results of the weighing process. Additionally, this section will announce who won the 2019 Keli Wagner Tournament and Big Rock Tournament.

Boats Currently En Route To The Weigh Station For Official Weighing

Day 6: Lines in at 8 am, lines out at 2 pm. 182 of 184 boats are fishing on the last day.

Wall Hanger boated at 6:26 PM. ETA 9:45 pm TO 10 pm.
Theresa Jean boated at 4:20. ETA to scales 7:15 – 7:30 PM (5 hour fight).
Top Dog has boated a blue, ETA around 6:30 PM (spent 5.5 hours fighting the fish).

Triple S: 429.3 lbs
Double B: 497.6 lbs
Top Dog: 914 lbs (61 year tournament record)
Theresa Jean: 582.1 lbs
Wall Hanger: 569.5 lbs

Day 5: Lines in at 9 am, lines out at 3 pm.

Much better day weather wise for fishing so look for an active day with a majority of boats fishing.

Dropped Call boated a blue at 12:51, ETA to weigh station is 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm. This ended up being extended to 6 pm due to 1 engine loss.

Dropped Call: 524.7 lbs

Day 4:

Better weather, still some lingering rain and winds so there may be boats that take today as a lay day.
Paved For is the ONLY boat fishing today.

No fish brought to the weigh scales.

Day 3:

Significant lay day with only a small portion of boats fishing (37) due to 90% chances of rain today, brisk winds, and a risk for severe weather later in the day.

No fish brought to the weigh scales.

Day 2:

162 boats out

Sea Striker: 500.2 lbs
Fender Bender: 504.8 lbs

Day 1:

Shenandoah disqualified their fish and ended their fight after 7 hours. That is 7 boated fish on day 1!

Top Dog has boated a marlin at 12:06 PM. Look for an ETA back to the scales around 2:30 pm. This makes 3 boats on the way back to the scales as of 12:09 pm.

The boats Post Call and Sweetums have boated a blue marlin, ETA to the weigh station is around 1:45 – 2:15 pm for both boats. Interesting commentary, both boats boated within 2 minutes of each other and will now be in a race to the scales. The first boated blue marlin over 500 lbs wins the fabulous fisherman prize money.

Current Leader

* Wolverine: 588.9 lbs (1st place leader)
* Donna Mae: 569.9 lbs (2nd place leader)
* Sweetums: 545.4 lbs (3rd place leader and winner of the fabulous fisherman prize)
* Big Tahuna: 482.3 lbs
* Top Dog: 464.9 lbs
* Piracy 461.4 lbs
* Post Call: 451.4 lbs

Sweetums is the 2019 Fabulous Fisherman winner of $531,250

2019 Facts

Day 1: 181 boats out of 184 are fishing today. String Line was the first boat to release a blue marlin.

22nd Annual 2019 Keli Wagner Tournament results: 29 billfish releases and 43 gamefish releases. White Caps ended the day with 800 points to capture first place. Floridian brought in the largest dolphin, weighing 36.6 lbs. Blue Eyes brought in a Wahoo worth $15,450.51!

Saturday, June 8 – 22nd annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament and Captain’s Party.

Monday, June 10th through 15th – Tournament begins, 6 days of fishing with 2 mandatory lay days.

Saturday, June 15 – Awards banquet at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

As of June 10th, 2019, there are 184 boats registered for the Big Rock (Updated daily, please refresh).

The Big Rock Fishing Tournament is one the largest in the world and is a major annual donor to area charities.

Record breaking $2.86 million dollar overall purse.

61st annual event

Where To Catch The Action

If you are a member of the public and wish to follow the action, tournament officials will update their social media pages hourly so that the public knows when there is a boat currently hooked up, if they boat a Blue Marlin, their estimated arrival time back at the weigh station at Big Rock Landing located along the waterfront in Morehead City NC.

Our personal favorite is to follow https://twitter.com/bigrockfishing and enable notifications on your phone. However, if you refresh this page frequently we will notify you of boats that are currently on their way to the weigh station along with arrival time.

If you are planning to be at the weigh station, please understand that parking is limited and you should plan to arrive at least an hour before boat arrival time to get a front row visual of the weighing process.

Last Years Action
Again, you are strongly encouraged to use the comment / discussion form below to ask questions about the 2019 Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament and to engage others in ongoing talk about the history of this event, it’s relation to the community and local charities, and other information you might like to learn about.

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If you are a first time visitor to this tournament in Morehead City NC, did you catch the action using Internet social media, via Big Rock TV, or live at the landing? What advice can you give someone who may be considering attending this fishing tournament?

What advice can you give about someone wishing to fish in this tournament along with registration process and details?

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Weather Forecast

Monday should be a good day for fishing the tournament, but look for lay days for crews Tuesday and Wednesday as there is a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Winds will also be a factor for boat crews on Wednesday and Thursday. See 28557 current conditions.

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9 thoughts on “Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament 2019 – Who’s Hooked Up? Daily Leader Results, Video, And Winner

  • June 15, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Is there a chance Top Dog get disqualified because their 914 lb marlin was mauled pretty badly?

    • June 15, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      I am not officially affiliated with the tournament, and have not seen the rule on mauling, but my guess is that if it was put through the tuna door in one piece, made it to the scales in one piece, and was able to be hoisted up the scales in one piece, and stayed in one piece as it went up, then it is not mauled.

      I would think for Top Dog to be disqualified, the fish would have to be in 2 pieces. Additionally, the 914 lb fish is a 61 year tournament record.

  • June 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Regardless of who the 2019 winner will be, this is a great tournament that benefits a lot of charitable causes in Carteret County NC. Seeing a non-profit event like this helping vulnerable populations is what it is about. It’s great seeing these boats and crews, along with all staff having fun, enjoying themselves, knowing at the end of the day people who are in need will be helped.

    Thank you!

  • June 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for providing this live stream and fast updates where you can get a breakdown of the entire tournament on one page.

  • June 12, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    What happens to the marlin after it is caught and weighed?

    • June 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      After the marlin is caught and weighed, per tournament rules it is given to NC State Marine Sciences (or possibly UNC Marine Sciences too) for research.

  • June 10, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Day 1 is off to an incredible start! Not only do we have a tournament, we now have 2 boats in a race to the scales at the same time to try and win the fabulous fisherman prize!

  • June 8, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Congrats to White Caps fishing charters, Floridian, and Blue Eyes on their 2019 Keli Wagner leader results!

  • June 4, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I am somewhat new to Morehead City and it’s amazing watching traffic in downtown get significantly heavy once the tournament announces that a marlin was caught and is on the way back in to be weighed and measured. If you are visiting the area during the week and a half that the tournament will be going I strongly encourage you to check it out as it is addicting! Those 2.5 hours waiting for boats to make it back to the scales is magical.


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