The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Morehead City's Biggest Event

Since 1957, Morehead City has hosted The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, a world-renowned fishing competition that attracts anglers from all across the globe. The competition has grown in popularity over the last four decades, with current winnings set to over $1 million. Since 1988, Linda Rike Real Estate has been a major sponsor—and official real estate company—of the event.

Want to learn more about this year's Big Rock? Join us from June 11th to June 20th for the 2021 tournament. We hope to see you there!

What's in Store for 2021?

63rd Big Rock Tournament

Open to all skill levels, the main event takes place from June 11th to June 20th. Participants attempt to reel in the biggest blue marlin they can find, and top prizes can easily reach more than $1 million!


The Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament is one of the largest ladies-only fishing tournaments in the world. Prizes are given out for the largest dolphin, largest billfish, and the first place release.

Big Rock Kids

From July 14th to the 17th, The Big Rock is hosting their very first kids-only tournament! Kids can participate in a variety of events, including a fishing contest, a pig pickin' dinner, and so much more!

Join us for the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Event!

In June of 2021, the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Event will offer hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, as well as a best-dressed contest to benefit the Carteret General Hospital Cancer Center. Linda Rike Real Estate is proud to sponsor this event.

There are many awards available for anglers across a variety of events, so make sure to register ahead of time to secure your place!

A Recap of the 2021 Big Rock Tournament

Wondering what happened at the latest Big Rock tournament? Surpassing the highest of expectations, the 2021 tournament hosted a record-breaking number of boats, plus a never-before-seen number of entries produced a monumental $4.7 million purse! Truly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, a 19-year-old Raleigh native aboard the Widespread boat won the tournament. The first place blue marlin weighed a whopping 656.5 pounds and fetched more than a $1.6 million prize.





$4.7 mil

Total Purse

$1.5 mil +

Top Prize

How The Big Rock Supports Our Community

Donations to charity

Since 1986, The Big Rock Tournament has donated more than $6.5 million dollars to both local and national charities. Last year alone, they contributed $550,000 to organizations like The Broad Street Clinic, the History Museum of Carteret County, Martha's Mission Cupboard, and The Boys & Girls Club.

Traffic to local businesses

As the biggest event on the Crystal Coast, The Big Rock Tournament draws thousands of visitors to the Morehead City area every summer. This event isn't just good for tourism—it also puts a spotlight on our local restaurants, shops, and other service providers!

Looking for More Details on The Big Rock?

As a Diamond Sponsor of The Big Rock for more than three decades, our team is truly passionate about giving back to our community. Whether you're thinking about buying a home on the Crystal Coast, selling for top dollar, or renting a vacation property, you can always contact Linda Rike for all of your real estate needs.