MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) - Only one blue marlin was brought in on the fifth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but it failed to meet the qualifications.
"Dun-Rite" boated a blue at 11:50 a.m. When it was weighed; however, the fish did not meet the 400-pound minimum. The marlin weighed in at 359.2 pounds.
To be eligible for prize money, a bue marlin must weight at least 400 pounds or measure at least 110 inches.
"Dun-Rite's" catch did not meet tournament qualifications but did meet state and federal requirements.
The tournament leader remains “Honey Hush,” followed by "Game Changer" and "Rare Breed."
No blue marlins were reeled in on the fourth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Just over half the field took a lay day Thursday, with 90 boats venturing out and the other 93 staying back to fish another day.
There were three blues and four sailfish released.
The leader remains “Honey Hush,” followed by "Game Changer" and "Rare Breed."
A third blue marlin was caught Wednesday at the Big Rock Blue Marline Tournament.
The fish was weighed by 16-year-old E.J. Nettles, the first known junior angler to weigh a blue marlin in the tournament.
Nettles was fishing on the boat "Rare Breed," from South Carolina.
"Rare Breed" is now in third place, behind "Game Changer" in second place and "Honey Hush" in first.
Two blue marlin were hauled in on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
The first boated blue marlin came in on the "Game Changer" and weighed in at 409.2 pounds.
Robert Gorell, on the "Honey Hush," reeled in the first blue marlin weighing more than 500 pounds.
The fish weighed in at 518.2 pounds, putting "Honey Hush" in first place.
"Honey Hush" did not enter the $500,000 contest for 500-pound plus fish.
According to the tournament website, 132 boats went out on the water Tuesday.
You can get up-to-the-minute updates on hookups here.
Organizers said 183 boats are registered for this year's tournament.
It is the 60th annual tournament.
The first tournament began with a few fishermen who put some money together and went fishing.
Now, it draws large crowds every year and supports non-profit organizations in Pitt County.
One of the tournament founders, Bob Simpson, passed away in March.
He will be honored this week.
"It was very sad for our whole community to lose him," said Crystal Hesmer tournament director. "But as we celebrate the 60th, we reflect on those that did start the tournament and look forward to what it will become."
The purse is an estimated $2.5 million.