Let a fever-pitched celebration begin!
Hatteras Fever II captured the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament Saturday when it survived a wild final day that featured 30 blue marlin releases. Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper, showed up at the scales Wednesday with a 465.3-pound blue marlin that was reeled in by Raleigh angler Taylor Miller. This catch turned out to be worth $478,050 when no other qualifying blue marlins were landed. Read more »
When Saturday fishing hours were used up, the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament headed to overtime since three boats were still hooked up.
Reel Dreams, Blue Magic and Crack of Dawn were hooked up prior to the end of fishing at 2 p.m. Reel Dreams, captained by Shane Malone, Greenville, Blue Magic, captained by John King, Charlotte, and Crack of Dawn, captained by Geoff Flynt, Beaufort, are all allowed to battle their billfish until a conclusion to the fight is reached. Read more »
When it became evident that no blue marlin would be brought to the scales Friday, the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament changed from a six-day event to a one-day shootout.
That’s because 99-of-100 boats in the field still have the opportunity to go offshore Saturday and win a lion’s share of the $1,154,625 purse. In the past two decades, all but one Big Rock winning catch weighed more than the current Big Rock leader. Read more »