Events on the Crystal Coast

Fishing Tournaments

The Crystal Coast is home and host to a variety of events throughout the year. From fishing tournaments to seasonal festivals; from children’s celebrations to athletic events, each month holds something different to delight everyone in your family. Find out what’s going on during your stay, or learn when to plan your next trip. We look forward to seeing you!

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7th Annual Atlantic Beach Surf Fishing Challenge

October 2, 2020 | 12:00 pm - October 4, 2020 | 12:00 pm

Fishing starts at NOON Friday Oct 2nd and ends NOON Sunday Oct 4th. $40 entry fee must be paid by NOON Friday Oct 2, just stop in the store or call 252-726-2607 to pay by credit card to register.

Prizes in each division are:
1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $50. Divisions are BLUEFISH, RED DRUM, BLACK DRUM and SEA MULLET (Whiting). Junior, Senior, and Lady Angler divisions will be $50 guaranteed, please register for these divisions.

A temporary beach driving permit is available for participants. Winners will be announced on Facebook. Prizes will be available for pick up after 2pm Sunday in the store. A food truck will be available at Freeman’s from 11-3 Sat & Sun, a meal is included for participants. Come see what you’ve been missing and join in the fun!

Atlantic Beach, NC, USA

(252) 726-2607


Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Fishing Tournament

October 2, 2020 | 6:00 pm - October 24, 2020 | 9:00 pm

From the fishing family to the experienced King Mackerel Fisherman, this tournament will again be a fun and exciting event for everyone. So bring your family and fishing buddies, and join us for this historic tournament. We welcome you. We hope you enjoy all the fun and excitement Atlantic Beach, Carteret County and the Crystal Coast has to offer.

Captains Meeting October, 2nd at Crow’s Nest @ 6:00PM
Fishing Dates: October 3rd – 24th , 2020 @ 1:00 PM
Sponsor and Fisherman Appreciation Event at Crow’s Nest: October 17th @ 7:00 PM
Awards Banquet at Crow’s Nest October 24th @ 6:00 PM

407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 240-3474


The Wahoo Challenge

October 17, 2020 | 5:00 am - 7:00 pm

This is a one day, just for fun tournament with 10% of the entries being donated to the Crystal Coast Hospice House in memory of David Albanese.

Friday October 16th at Jack’s Waterfront Bar from 6pm – 8pm
$500 CASH ONLY to register
Brief Captain’s meeting at 7pm
$200 Calcutta winner take all (optional)
Fishing Day
Saturday October 17th
Boats may not leave the inlet prior to 5:00am and fishing can start anytime thereafter
Lines out at 2:00pm
Weigh in on the Morehead City waterfront next to Jack’s Waterfront Bar at the end of 6th Street
Weigh in scales open from 3:30pm until 6pm.
Cash awards paid out on Saturday October 19th just after weigh ins.
Payout for top three heaviest wahoo
1st place = 50%
2nd place = 30%
3rd place = 20%

For any Questions – please respond to:
Dale Britt – [email protected]
Holly Fletcher – [email protected]

601 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA


63rd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

June 11, 2021 | 12:00 am - June 19, 2021 | 12:00 am

The 2021 Big Rock Tournament will take place June 11-19, 2021 in Morehead City. Among the largest and oldest sport fishing tournaments in the country, The Big Rock calls avid deep-sea fishermen to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast for a full week of angling and community celebration. Over the course of the last half-century, many boats have docked here, many tourists have gathered here, and many Morehead City natives have come and gone. Our mission has always stayed the same: to represent the sport fishing community as superbly as only Morehead City can!

710 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557