Calcutta® to Sponsor 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Burlington, N.C. — Officials from Big Rock Sports, LLC announced today that Calcutta®, a proprietary brand of Big Rock Sports, has been named the Major Sponsor of the 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, NC. Calcutta will serve as Major Sponsor, the highest level of sponsorship for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, through 2015.

“Calcutta is very excited to be the Major Sponsor of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament for the next three years,” said Brian Phillips, VP of Business Development at Big Rock Sports. “Calcutta has always been a strong supporter of recreational billfishing and billfish conservation, so partnering with the world’s premier billfish tournament is a perfect fit for us. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament’s commitment to billfish conservation along with their charitable work made it an easy decision for Calcutta to join forces with the tournament.”

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is one of the largest sportfishing competitions in the world with prize money typically exceeding one million dollars. It traditionally takes place the second week of June in Morehead City, NC. The tournament, like Big Rock Sports, LLC, is named after a series of underwater ledges, peaks and plateaus that covers an area about 8–10 miles long by one mile wide approximately 40 miles off the Morehead City waterfront.

In 2012, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament saw 120 boats vying for prize money for the largest marlin as well as prizes for other gamefish, including wahoo, dolphin and tuna. During its history, the tournament has raised nearly three million dollars for various charities, including Take A Kid Fishing Foundation, Inc.

“We are extremely pleased to have Calcutta as our Major Sponsor,” explained Crystal Hesmer, tournament director. “The Calcutta brand is synonymous with fishing and we are excited to have them in the lead of our sponsor lineup. Calcutta brand products are developed with our fishermen in mind and have been innovative in the industry with products that withstand harsh conditions. The Big Rock board of directors and I feel this is a very good fit for our tournament.”

Calcutta is one of the most widely recognized brands in the recreational fishing industry with product categories that include fishing tools, tackle bags, sunglasses, rainwear and technical fishing apparel. Calcutta uses information from recreational anglers as well as captains to help improve and bring to market new products that feature the latest industry advancements. Anglers across North America rely on Calcutta gear to withstand the harshest freshwater and saltwater fishing environments.

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