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59th annual Big Rock festivities kick off this weekend

Ashley Lauren, 621.4 pounds, last year's winner (Big Rock photo)

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The official countdown has begun to the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

It all starts this weekend with the Lady Angler Event on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Captain's Meeting, Sponsors Reception Saturday and Captain's Party will follow Saturday. Monday at 9 a.m., the boats will hit the water for the official start of the Big Rock. Competitive fishing will go on each day until 3 p.m. The last day of the tournament is June 17. The Ashley Lauren won last year's tournament, reeling in a 621.4-pound blue marlin to take home more than $600,000. Below are links you can follow during the tournament. We'll have updates each day on our website, Facebook page and on Twitter page.

Big Rock official site

Big Rock Twitter account (posts updates each day from boats)

List of participants

Previous winners

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