Record marlin caught in Big Rock Tournament

Minutes ago the largest blue marlin in the 52-year history of the Big Rock tournament was weighed – an 883-pounder caught on the Citation.

Was otherwise a decent day for the tournament…the numbers…

92 boats on the water (151 entered)

Blue marlin – 4 (3 released, 1 weighed)

White marlin – 3

Spearfish – 1

Sailfish – 2

Hatchet marlin – 1

Tournament continues for the next five days – boats fish four of the six days.

For more information on the Big Rock tournament go to

About John

John Harmeling is the co-founder of and Having traveled to and fished the major billfisheries across the globe, he counts Kona and Cairns as his favorites, and the black marlin to be the ocean's supreme pelagic specimen. He believes the very best and most enjoyable place to find tuna is in a marlin's stomach.

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  1. why didn’t they let it go?

  2. An 800+ pound fish, that isn’t going to be eaten, has been killed … why?

  3. Babington says:

    @Tinto and Nick — I agree with you but for $318,000 I would of killed it too!

  4. tournaments are kinda funny about handing out 3 0r 4 hundred g’s based on your estimate of how much it weighed

  5. Some tournaments will take fish of size. Big Rock’s rules allow a fish 400+ pounds, or one whose short measurement runs 110″.

    I’m with you – would rather no fish be killed – and we do debate when and how many dead fish to post on the site. Our conclusion is that if it’s in a tournament and is a noteworthy catch (this one was the record in 52 years of Big Rock fishing), or if it’s a fish that goes greater than 1,000 pounds, we’ll post information on it and potentially pictures of it.

    I have enormous sympathy for your position and share it…we generally don’t celebrate killing marlin at all.

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