MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — The 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is officially underway.
The tournament announced that 266 boats are competing for a record purse of $5,858,875. There are 246 teams fishing today with 20 boats taking a layday.
You can follow all the action on the Big Rock Twitter account. There will be updates on fish caught and being brought back to the shore to be weighed along with other updates. You can also get the Big Rock app to listen to updates throughout the day. You can also listen here on the Big Rock website.
Big Rock leaderboard
- Mercenaria, 572.6 pounds
- Wall Hanger, 556.4 pounds
- High Yield, 536.8 pounds
- Bad Habit, 526.7 pounds
- Sylva Lining, 401.3 pounds
Wall Hanger’s blue marlin haul weighed in at 556.4 pounds, good enough for second place as the first day of the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament comes to a close. Bad weather is anticipated for Tuesday, so it’s uncertain how many boats will brave the conditions and hit the water. Boats do have a layday they can take, if desired.
Redemption, which has been battling a blue marlin for hours, lost its line and is done for the day. That means Wall Hange is the last boat of the day to come in and have its catch weighed.
Bad Habit’s catch weighed in at 526.7 pounds, putting the crew in third place currently. Jennifer Miller reeled in the blue marlin.
Bad Habit is slated to have its blue marlin weighed around 7:15 p.m. with Wall Hanger slated for around 8:15 p.m. Redemption, which has been hooked up with a blue marlin since 2:09 p.m., is still fighting to reel it in.
Michael Jordan’s Catch 23 had a pretty good day overall. Two blue marlin were hooked but were not reeled in to weigh. However, Jordan did catch a 24-pound dolphin that had him atop the leaderboard in that division at the time. About 15 minutes later, a dolphin caught by Martin Ellington of Real Country weighed 25.8 pounds, pushing Jordan’s catch to No. 2.
Sylva Lining from Atlantic Beach landed a blue marlin that weighed 401.3 pounds. The minimum is 400 pounds. The marlin currently has the team in third place overall with two other boats still slated to bring in marlin to be weighed.
High Yield’s blue marlin weighed 536.8 pounds, good enough for second place currently. High Yield’s crew is out of Charleston, S.C. Sylva Lining is waiting to have its catch weighed next.
Wall Hanger has boated a blue marlin and is expected to be in around 8 p.m. Officials say the boat has been fighting its blue marlin since around 10:06 a.m. Redemption is the last boat that is still hooked up, working to boat a blue marlin so it can be weighed.
Big Rock officials posted on their website that two other boats, Wall Hanger and Redemption, still have blue marlin hooked up in an effort to boat them to be weighed. Officials also said there was 31 blue marlin released along with 13 white marlin and two sailfish.
We have three more boats with blue marlin which will be taken to the weigh station. High Yield boated a marlin at 2:53 p.m. Bad Habit landed a blue marlin at 3:34 p.m. Sylva Lining landed its blue earlier in the day. Sylva Lining and High Yield are expected to arrive to have their catches weighed around 5 p.m. Bad Habit will be in sometime around 7:30 p.m.
Hooks are up and only those who still have fish on the line before 3 p.m. are allowed to continue. For the rest of the boats on the water, the first day of the tournament is complete.
Michael Jordan and crew have been busy today. This is the second time they’ve hooked a fish. It had to release it a few minutes later.
Here is raw video from the Big Rock Blue Marlin YouTube page of Mercenaria’s catch, the first in the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Mercenaria’s catch in the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament weighs in at 572.6 pounds. The team wins $777,750 as part of the Fabulous Fisherman prize for the first blue marlin weighing over 500 pounds. Matthew Brown was the angler who reeled in the blue marlin.
Sylva Lining has boated a blue marlin and will return to the weigh station. Time of return TBA.
Mercenaria is the first boat to land a blue marlin in the 64th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. It is arriving at Big Rock Landing to weigh its catch. The ETA is now 2 p.m.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament website posted this update on Mercenaria and when it will arrive to weigh its blue marlin.
“MERCENARIA has boated the first blue marlin of the 64th Annual Big Rock Tournament & is expected at the scales around 1:45 PM! MERCENARIA is entered across the board, including the Fabulous Fisherman’s Level. Could be a BIG payday for the MERCENARIA crew, come down and witness the excitement at Big Rock Landing or TUNE IN to Big Rock TV via Facebook, Youtube, or thebigrock.com.”
A familiar name taking part in the Big Rock is Michael Jordan and his Catch 23 boat. They had a little bit of luck with a blue marlin before finally releasing it.
Mercenaria reports boating a blue marlin. The tournament website says the blue marlin was boated around 11:30 a.m. It will be heading back to Big Rock Landing to have it weighed.
Anglers have been busy landing hooks with blue marlin they’ve found. So far, nobody has been able to pull one in to take to the weigh station. Fishing continues until 3 p.m. each day. Click here to get an update from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament page.
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Winning purses include:
WINNER Levels I, II, III, IV: $1,556,063
WINNER Levels I, II, III, IV, V, VI: $3,489,813
FABULOUS FISHERMANS Level V: $777,750
SUPER 20 Level VI: $1,156,000
DOLPHIN WTA Level VII: $527,000