Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper of Buxton, N.C., took the midpoint lead of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when it showed up at the scales Wednesday with a 465.3-pound blue marlin reeled in by angler Taylor Miller of Raleigh, N.C..
Miller – a former Division I pitcher at Appalachian State University – tossed all of his energy into the rod and reel when the fish began to run away from the boat. Miller had never fought a blue marlin before, but he pitched all of his energy into the rod and reel and strong-armed his catch back to the boat in 28 minutes. Read more »
Gusty winds and lay-day forms were prominent Tuesday during the second day of the 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as most of the 100 boats entered in the event elected to stay in port.
Anglers from 90 boats turned in lay day forms and just 10 boats ventured offshore. Winds reached 25 knots, whipping up 4-to-6 foot seas. Only one boat was able to catch and release a billfish as gamefish activity dominated the day. Read more »
A late Monday hookup added extra drama to the start of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as Sensation angler Trey Siner of Concord, N.C. reeled in a 423.8-pounder to give his team the early lead.
Siner and Sensation captain Dale Britt, Morehead City, battled their fish for nearly two hours after it ran deep below the boat. Britt, who serves on the Big Rock Board of Directors, was initially worried the catch might not make weight. But those concerns were gone with the wind when his team jumped to the top spot on the tournament leader board. Read more »