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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Cross Trail Outfitters Crystal Coast Youth Fishing Tournament

May 31, 2019 | 4:00 pm - June 1, 2019 | 3:00 pm

Join us for the 3rd Annual 2019 Star Rods Carolina Redfish Elite Youth Fishing Tournament. The Youth Tournament is held Friday May 31st and Saturday June 1st. The Youth Anglers can pickup their tournament wrist bands at Big Rock Landing Friday May 31st from 4:00pm – 6:00pm or Saturday June 1st from 5:00am – 7:00am. Come enjoy snow cones compliments of Coastal Carolina Orthodontics Friday May 31st at 4:00pm to watch the Carolina Redfish Elite day 1 weigh-in. The Youth Angler can start fishing once they have their wrist band. All fishing must be done from shore, dock or pier with no fishing taking place from a boat, kayak or any vessel. Fish must be caught using hook and line, no gigging, netting or trapping of fish. The youth angler must reel the fish in with limited help from an adult.

Friends and families are encouraged to join us for the Youth Tournament weigh-in on Saturday June 1st at 1:00pm at Big Rock Landing Downtown Morehead City and stay for the Carolina Redfish Elite weigh-in at 3:00pm. Pizza, drinks and cookies will be provided for all that attend.

The first 100 Youth Anglers that register will receive a prize package, so be sure to register early. If you register and pay the $15 Youth registration fee by May 15th, the registered youth will receive a CTO T-Shirt!

Big Rock Landing Downtown Morehead City

(866) 543-4868

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61st Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

June 7, 2019 | 12:00 am - June 15, 2019 | 12:00 am

The 2019 Big Rock Tournament will take place June 7-15, 2019 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

252-247-3575

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22nd Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament

June 8, 2019 | 8:00 am - January 1, 1970 | 12:00 am

The KWLA Tournament, sponsored by Alexseal Yacht Coatings, is a one-day billfish release tournament with lines dropping in at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 and fishing ending at 2 p.m. The lady angler reception held on Friday, June 7th, 2019 is sponsored by Linda Rike Real Estate, and will serve as the official kick-off to the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and its 61st Annual Event. The most anticipated aspect of the kickoff party is the Best Dressed Contest with fishing teams dressed head-to-toe in vibrant, colorful regalia.

The KWLA tournament, celebrating it’s 22nd annual event, is named in honor of the late wife of Big Rock board member, Casey Wagner. Keli Wagner lost her battle with cancer in 2008. Keli was enthusiastic about the success of this tournament and she played a vital role in having the tournament proceeds donated to the cancer clinic. To date, KWLA has donated a total of $303,91 towards the improvement of patient comfort and care.

Big Rock Landing Morehead City, NC

(252) 247-3575

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12th Annual CCCF Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Tournament

July 12, 2019 | 5:00 pm - July 13, 2019 | 3:00 pm

Join us for our 12th Annual Carteret Community College Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament taking place at Jaycee Park in Morehead City. This is a family-friendly tournament with prizes for children as well as adults. Don’t miss out on our Friday night Captains’ Social! For more information please visit: www.CarteretSMT.com.

Jaycee Park, South 9th Street, Morehead City, NC, USA

(252) 222-6262

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12th Annual CCCF Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Tournament

July 12, 2019 | 5:00 pm - July 13, 2019 | 3:00 pm

Join us for our 12th Annual Carteret Community College Spanish Mackerel & Dolphin Fishing Tournament taking place at Jaycee Park in Morehead City. This is a family-friendly tournament with prizes for children as well as adults. Don’t miss out on our Friday night Captains’ Social! For more information please visit: www.CarteretSMT.com.

Jaycee Park, South 9th Street, Morehead City, NC, USA

(252) 222-6262

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Boys & Girls Club Billfish Classic 2019

July 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - July 20, 2019 | 10:00 pm

We are a non-profit organization based in Beaufort, NC. Our proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain, which encompasses 17 clubs in 7 counties. We are a 3 day fishing tournament with 3 divisions, Inshore, Billfish and Dolphin. We are a NC Gov Cup Event. Held on the historic Beaufort waterfront at the Beaufort Town Docks. We serve dinner nightly and have a Pirate/Family Night also a Silent Auction and an Awards Night.

Beaufort Town Docks “Under the Tent”

500 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, USA

(252) 639-1093

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Boys & Girls Club Billfish Classic

July 18, 2019 | 5:00 am - July 20, 2019 | 10:00 pm

We are a non-profit organization based in Beaufort, NC. Our proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain, which encompasses 17 clubs in 7 counties. We are a 3 day fishing tournament with 3 divisions, Inshore, Billfish and Dolphin. We are a NC Gov Cup Event. Held on the historic Beaufort waterfront at the Beaufort Town Docks. We serve dinner nightly and have a Pirate/Family Night also a Silent Auction and an Awards Night.

Inshore Entry $500
Billfish Entry $1,000
Dolphin Entry $1,000
Participant Sponsor Entry $500
Beaufort Town Docks “Under the Tent”

500 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, USA

(252) 639-1093

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1st Annual Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament

September 21, 2019 | 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 1st Annual Emerald Isle Fishing Tournament will be a family friendly King Mackerel tournament where elite and sport fishermen alike can compete and provide a positive environment for young anglers. 100% of the entry fees are paid directly to the participants in the forms of prizes and other awards.

7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC, USA

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