There were a lot of questions about how this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament could operate considering Governor Coopers restrictive mandates on crowds and activities.

While many other tournaments have been cancelled and other events severely pared down, the Big Rock Tournament board of directors decided to be proactive and show a way where no other tournaments could. The result is an almost record setting number of entrants and a record setting purse - $3.3 million.

Previous editorials have documented the lack of leadership on the part of state leaders and the governor as state businesses have run aground due to the financial and social hardship caused by severe mandated restrictions to flatten the pandemic curve. So it is refreshing to see an organization such as the Big Rock Tournament successfully navigating around these difficulties.

This year’s tournament is setting more than a record- it is setting an example. Welcome fisherman and thank you tournament board members.

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Always A Teacher

In the videos of the weighing station for the Big Rock tournament on 6/9 when MJ was there, NO ONE in the large crowd was wearing a mask and all were shoulder-to-shoulder. I hardly call that a success. Call it a success in two weeks, after the incubation period is up. Keep in mind all those people are going to scatter to all part of NC and who knows where else. We will just have to wait and see.


Not one of those people were forced into that situation. I was right in the middle of said crowd. I'll make sure to post in 2 weeks what my health issues are. If you don't want to go out stay home its simple. However do not impose your fears upon others. you make your choice & let others decide for themselves. It's not rocket science.


Of course they can get around the restrictions; the rich always find a way to get what they want. Shameful, indeed.

David Collins

Money has been known to move mountains . Illnesses know no socioeconomic boundaries . As the teacher said , time will tell .


[thumbup] The Big Rock brought in 200+ boats, crew members, family members, and don't leave out Mr. Jordan!!! All the money spent went into wait staff, bartenders, gas & fuel providers of this county. We should all be thankful. I spoke directly to wait staff & was informed by same. This money will go towards rent they were in the rears on, insurance both health & car an truck. The Big Rock crews, fishermen, and owners of boats spent their cash freely. There were no riots, or burning of buildings anywere in our county. Carteret County opened its arms & doors to all that came! Bills are now paid, everyone had a great time. We can not hide our heads in the sand for fear of Covi-19 any longer people. Wash your hands, respect others. Move on with life. This was a step in the correct direction by the Big Rock committee!! No one is making anyone go out. If your scared of getting sick STAY HOME!! But don't impose your will on others PLEASE.

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