The Double B won the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament without a last-minute scare when no hook-ups took place Saturday during the final six hours of fishing.
Kenny Sexton, Manteo, captain of the Double B, grabbed the lead for good Monday afternoon when he showed up at the Big Rock scales with a 652.8-pound blue marlin reeled in by Travis Stephenson of Angier. Sexton and crew receive $524,375 for the victory.
Blue Water, captained by Gray Hall, Morehead City, was the inaugural tournament leader with a 580.6-pound blue marlin landed by Jeffrey Gregg of Boca Raton, Fla. Blue Water captured the Fabulous Fisherman’s prize of $284,750 for weighing in the first blue marlin to weigh more than 500 pounds plus and will also receive second place prize money totaling $191,050.
Sushi, a boat captained by Tim Day, Wilmington, finished third with a 467.4-pound bl