2016 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Winners Reel in 620-Pound Fish
Involved with Flanders Corporation since 1997, Harry L. Smith, Jr. most recently served as CEO of Flanders Corporation located in Washington, North Carolina. He worked his way up in the company, starting as COO and ending as its CEO. In his spare time, Harry L. Smith, Jr. enjoys offshore fishing and won the 2011 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when, aboard the Double B bought, his team reeled in a 652.8-pound marlin.
The tournament began in 1957 as a way to lure people to the area. Local business leaders donated money for a cash prize, and anglers came to try to land marlin. Aboard the Mary Z, angler Jimmy Croy landed a 143-pound blue marlin, sparking the Big Rock area as a haven for fishing for years to come.
The 2016 tournament, which occurred from June 10 through 18, saw the Ashley Lauren fishing team winning the 58th annual event. Angler Doug Phillips reeled in a 621.4-pound marlin to help the team to victory. The team came out victorious among 174 boats and won more than $660,000. The tournament had a 92 percent release rate as anglers released 45 blue marlins, 34 white marlins, and 27 sailfish and boated nine blue marlins. The 59th Big Rock will occur on June 9 through 17, 2017.