LIVE BLOG: Pelagic Hunter II wins Big Rock Tournament with 495.2 lb marlin

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) Three marlins were boated on Saturday. Double B returned to the weigh station around 1:00 p.m. with a 419 lb. blue marlin.

Sea Striker followed, weighing in a 495 lb. big blue to take the second place spot in the tournament. This fish was just 0.2 lbs. light of being in first.

Pelagic Hunter II claimed the top spot with the winning 495.2 lb. marlin.

Moon Dancer broke down in route to the weight station. They decided their fish would not shake up the leaderboard so they conceded their fish.

The $550,000 prize that would have gone to the boat with the 500+ lb. fish will now be awarded to the boat with the most releases.

BIG ROCK DAY 5:

The boat, Pelagic Hunter II, is in the lead on day five of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

187 of the 205 boats in the tournament ventured out today.

The wind is apparently much better off-shore today compared to yesterday.

Piracy released a sailfish early today. Three blue marlins, two white marlins and a sailfish had all been released as of mid-morning Friday.

Bill Collector boated a marlin weighing 453.7lbs.

And the boat Pelagic Hunter II is taking the lead with a marlin weighing 495.2lbs.

BIG ROCK DAY 4:

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) On day 4 of the 62nd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, 11 boats ventured out.

The leadership remains the same.

BIG ROCK DAY 3:

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) UPDATE 5pm

Day 3 was a big day of releases at the 62nd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Wednesday.

Twelve blue marlins, a pair of white marlins and 7 sailfish were caught and released today.

Grand Slam had a six hour fight with a blue marlin, but finally lost their blue after pulling a hook just before 3pm.

62nd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Leaderboard

  1. Predator 494.2
  2. Hatter Done 488.0
  3. Dancin Outlaw 470.4
  4. Hammer Time 450.2
  5. Reel Steel 450.0
  6. Catch 23 442.3

EARLIER:

Officially 76 of the 205 boats ventured out on this third day of the tournament.

The Grand Slam has been hooked up since 9:19 a.m. and is still fighting their marlin.

The Lo Que Sea and the Maggie are also still hooked up as fishing gets set to wrap up for the day.

Day three of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City has begun.

Michael Jordan’s boat, the ‘Catch 23’ hooked up another marlin early on Wednesday.

The crew released the marlin after a short fight, realizing it wasn’t big enough to bring back to the weigh station. 

The Predator catch from Monday continues to lead the competition.

BIG ROCK DAY 2:

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) Day two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City is in the books.

The highlight of the day was off of the “Catch 23”, owned by Michael Jordan. The “Catch 23” blue weighed in at 442.3lbs. which puts them in 6th place on the leaderboard.

Sea Fix had hoped to bring in a blue late Tuesday, but they lost their marlin shortly after 7:30pm after a six hour fight.

Here are the updated standings after two days of fishing:

62nd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Leaderboard

  1. Predator 494.2
  2. Hatter Done 488.0
  3. Dancin Outlaw 470.4
  4. Hammer Time 450.2
  5. Reel Steel 450.0
  6. Catch 23 442.3

BIG ROCK DAY 1:

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) Monday is the start of the 62nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City.

The tournament brings together fishermen from across America for a full week of competition and community celebration.

For the next 6 days, fishermen will head out to sea in their boats hoping to catch the biggest, heaviest fish they can find.

This tournament isn’t just a big deal for anglers, it’s big for area businesses too. Some shops and restaurants are used to staying open late to accommodate the number of tourists.

Yet, this year’s tournament will see some changes due to COVID-19. Due to social distancing measures events were canceled and the number of people in certain areas is limited.

“The weigh station aspect is a little bit different this year, obviously we have protocol here practicing social distancing. It’s a little bit nicer that we have more room down here. But, we are doing an enhanced coverage online… broadcasting on Facebook live, enhanced interactive things for people that can’t make it here can still watch it and feel like they are part of the action,” Madison Maxwell, Assistant Director, Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

The tournament donates portions of their funds to several local charities. According to the tournament’s website over 6 million dollars have been given to area charities since 1986.

More than 200 boats are registered for this year’s tournament. The tournament ends Saturday.

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