Big Rock aims to draw in fishers, tourists
The annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is crucial to the economy along the Crystal Coast. However, some people worry financial stresses will keep anglers away this year.Posted — Updated
“That tuna is probably a good 15 pounds bigger than any yellowfin I've ever caught, so I was pretty stoked,” said Clay Walker, Big Rock Angler.
This is the 51st year of the tournament, and it attracts fisherman and visitors from all over.
George Duvall and his family traveled from Charlotte to catch a glimpse of the day's catch.
“We're kind of just hanging out and seeing. I'm showing my daughter some of the pictures of the earlier fish that were caught,” Duvall said.
It can be a boring wait at times, but worth it when the big fish comes in. Last year's prize marlin was 642-pounds.
“You have got people staying in the hotels, (and) going out at night eating," said Bruce Paul, media director for Big Rock. "It's great for the local economy and will be great for all the charities that benefit from this tournament."
Walker's tuna could net him $7,000 if it's the biggest of the week. But these guys aren't waiting on that win; they are still fishing for the big marlin.
“No predictions, we don't want to put a hex on anything,” Walker said.
The tournament is using new technology this year to help keep fans in the loop. You can follow the tournament on Facebook and Twitter.
The Big Rock tournament runs through the end of the week.