Oregon Inlet boat wins Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, record $1.678 million top prize

Widespread didn't arrive to the dock in Morehead City with their winning fish until 11 p.m. Friday after hooking it 9 hours earlier. [courtesy Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament]

By Joy Crist, Island Free Press
The 63rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament wrapped up this past weekend, and a boat based out of Oregon Inlet ended up landing the top spot, as well as the tournament’s largest cash prize for a first-place marlin in history.

The winning Widespread team. Photo from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The vessel WideSpread, with local Captain Jay Watson and a team of anglers from Raleigh, won the first-place prize of $1,678,250 for a 656.5-pound blue marlin that was reeled in by 19-year-old Cole Pirrung on Friday evening, June 18.

The other winners in the Blue Marlin Division for 2021 included the boat Natural, which landed a 521.6-pound marlin on Tuesday and a prize of $453,700, followed by Outnumbered, which reeled in a 512.4-marlin and a $301,800 cash prize.

The largest prize for a gamefish went to Fin Print, which landed a 48.3-pound dolphin on Thursday and took home $529,125 for their efforts.

A complete list of winners from the 2021 tournament is listed below, and can also be found online at https://www.thebigrock.com/participants/summary/.

BLUE MARLIN DIVISION

BoatWeightLevelsPrize Money
WIDESPREAD

656.5

IV, III, II, I
NATURAL

521.6

III, II, I
OUTNUMBERED

512.4

III, II, I

DAILY 1ST BILLFISH RELEASED

DayBoatPrize Money
MondayBANKWALKER
TuesdayCAROLINA PIRATE
WednesdayWASTE KNOT
ThursdayHEELS N REELS
FridayBABY J
SaturdaySEA WOLF

LEVEL VII WEEKLY RELEASE

BoatPointsPrize Money
WAVE PAVER

925.0

ANITA JEAN

925.0

BILL COLLECTOR

800.0

LEVEL VIII DAILY RELEASE WTA

DayBoatPointsPrize Money
MondayOUTLIER

650.0

TuesdayDEVELOPIN HABITS

400.0

WednesdayFOLLOWING SEAS

400.0

ThursdayANITA JEAN

800.0

FridayBABY J

800.0

SaturdaySEA WOLF

400.0

GAMEFISH WEEKLY DIVISION

SpeciesBoatWeightPrize Money
1st place DolphinFIN PRINT

48.3

2nd place DolphinLOW PROFILE

41.4

1st place TunaBILL COLLECTOR

52.3

1st place WahooREEL QUICK

66.1

2nd place WahooCATHERINE GRACE

25.3

FABULOUS FISHERMAN’S LEVEL

BoatPrize Money
NATURAL

GAMEFISH DOLPHIN WINNER TAKE ALL

BoatPrize Money
FIN PRINT

GAMEFISH DAILY – 1ST PLACE

DayDivisionBoatWeightPrize Money
MondayDolphinLOW PROFILE

41.4

MondayTunaBILL COLLECTOR

52.3

TuesdayDolphinSWEET CAROLINE

24.3

TuesdayWahooCATHERINE GRACE

11.2

WednesdayDolphinCARAMBA

32.4

WednesdayWahooREEL QUICK

66.1

ThursdayDolphinFIN PRINT

48.3

ThursdayWahooCATHERINE GRACE

25.3

FridayDolphinAGENT ORANGE

22.4

SaturdayDolphinCARTERICAN

21.0

GAMEFISH DAILY – 2ND PLACE

DayDivisionBoatWeightPrize Money
MondayDolphinMEMORIES

38.5

TuesdayDolphinDROPPED CALL

19.5

WednesdayDolphinBLUE WATER

28.3

ThursdayDolphinWATERTIGHT

23.4

ThursdayWahooCATHERINE GRACE

24.0

FridayDolphinSTETSON’S REVENGE

21.0

SaturdayDolphinSENSATION

15.9

OUTBOARD DIVISION

BoatPrize Money
PELAGIC HUNTER II

525.0

EL AZUL

525.0

SASHIMI

400.0