MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — We’re entering the final stretch of the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
There are two days of fishing left and not much has changed on the leaderboard after Monday’s active day. No fish were caught Tuesday and catches on Wednesday and Thursday didn’t change the top three spots.
Was today any different? Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
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
- Builder’s Choice, 479.7 pounds
- Miss Wy, 454.1 pounds
- Breakwater, 427.8 pounds
- Sylva Lining, 401.3 pounds
* — Top three win overall prize money
A lot of local charities benefit in a big way through the Big Rock Foundation. WNCT’s Claire Curry has more on that in the video at the top of this story.
Viking 80, which had a hook-up at 2:57 p.m., ended up releasing a sailfish. That means no blues will be weighed today and the leaderboard doesn’t change.
Officials said on the tournament Facebook page that there were 27 releases, 14 blue marlin, five white marlin and eight sailfish.
Lines are in except for those still battling fish. The Big Rock website currently lists one boat still hooked up, Viking 80, which hooked at 2:57 p.m. It may be another day without a blue marlin but there will still be gamefish to show off.
We’re getting close to the end of fishing for Friday. There have been a lot of hooks but no blues boated. Ocean Stinger had been hooked up since 12:32 p.m. but released the blue marlin just before 3 since it was too small.
We’re still anxiously awaiting the boating of a blue marlin by a lucky team out there. Here’s the Big Rock midway report, which was posted on their Facebook page.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is proud of its release rate (96%) and showed us how it’s done in a unique video post on the tournament’s Facebook page.
Mack 900 picked up the first release of the day prize of $5,000 for hooking and releasing a blue marlin at 9:33 Friday morning.
There are 139 of 266 boats on the water today, according to the Big Rock Facebook page.
Every year, the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament honors those who’ve served the country through its ‘Big Rock Big Heroes’ initiative. Cheyenne Pagan has more on this in her video above.
Here’s a wrap on Day 4 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament from Garrett Short.
Friday’s fishing, as in the previous days, starts with the blessing of the fleet.
It was another big day in the gamefish categories.
Check out our blogs from the previous four days.