MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — It’s the biggest event in Morehead City and one of the biggest in the country.
The 63rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament begins Monday. Boaters who participate in the first day will be able to fish from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishermen have a chance to catch a blue marlin and return to the tournament headquarters to have it weighed. The boat with the biggest haul after Saturday afternoon is the overall champion.
Here’s the latest from Monday’s fishing.
Tuesday, 12:39 p.m.
Here’s a video that highlights the first day of the tournament from Kelci O’Donnell.
Marlin Fever had a blue marlin hooked since around 10:30 this morning before finally pulling the hook.
We didn’t get to see many blue marlin today, but we did see a GOAT in Michael Jordan.
Only Marlin Fever, which hooked a blue marlin just before 10:30 a.m., is still on the water trying to reel a fish in, according to the tournament’s website.
At the end of Day 1 we have 28 blue marlin, 8 white marlin, and 6 sailfish releases. MARLIN FEVER and SLOW YOUR ROLL are still hooked up! FOLLOWING SEAS weighed the first blue marlin of the 63rd Annual Big Rock Tournament coming in at 448.8 lbs.
Following Seas boated a blue marlin that weighed 448.8 pounds at Big Rock Landing. It is the only fish to be brought back to shore so, by default, it is the tournament leader so far.
The boat Following Seas is just six days old, officials and crew members said.
Following Seas boated a blue marlin and is returning to weigh.
ETA: The boat is expected to the scales at 1:45 p.m.
LINES IN for Day 1 of the 63rd Annual Big Rock Tournament! A RECORD 270 BOATS are participating this year- 263 of those are offshore today, 7 boats took a layday.