MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — The second day of the 63rd Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament was a quest to see which boat could not only land a blue marlin but top the current leaderboard.
The Big Rock has also boosted another industry in the area: travel at some of the ENC airports.
Natural landed a blue marlin Tuesday that, when weighed, totaled 521.6 pounds. That means it has taken the overall lead at the tournament. The crew also won the Fabulous Fish award, which nets a check for $828,750.
That was the only blue marlin caught on Tuesday. Of the 270 boats in the tournament, 159 hit the water for the second day. Each boat has to take two days off during the six-day event.
Fishing will continue Wednesday. The field that will hit the water will be announced in the morning. Fishing runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are no longer any other boats hooked with blue marlin. We’ll find out how big the one is that On Point reeled in around 4:30 p.m.
On Point has released its hooks, meaning only Carterican and Caramba still have blue marlin on hooks they are trying to reel in. Caramba hooked up at 10:34 a.m. while Carterican hooked up at 2:45 p.m.
Natural has boated a blue marlin.
ETA: The boat is expected to the scales at 4:30 p.m.
Lines are in for Day 2! There are 159 boats offshore today, and 111 taking a lay day. Fishing is starting to heat up so far, there have been 3 blue marlins, 1 sail, and 1 white marlin released!
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Following Seas was the only boat to land and return with a blue marlin on Monday. Its 448.8-pound haul put the team in first place.
There are 270 boats participating in the six-day tournament. Participants have to take two days off during the stretch, meaning fewer ships will likely be on the water on Tuesday.
Carolina Pirate released a daily 1st release.