Seven Blue Marlins boated on final day of fishing

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WITN) - Seven Big Rock teams have boated a blue Saturday, tying the record from 2003 of most marlins brought in on the same day.

Honey Hush hangs onto the top spot, winning the tournament with their 518.5 pound marlin.

It was a close one though, Fender Bender, the final boat, came in late Saturday afternoon with a catch weighing 514 pounds, just 4.5 pounds short of tying first place.

The Carterican won the Captain's purse, approximately $500,000, for being the first team to bring in a marlin of at least 500 pounds. They finished in third place with their catch weighing 500.9 pounds.

Here's the final leaderboard:

First place: Honey Hush, 518.5 pounds (tournament winner)
Second place: Fender Bender, 514 pounds
Third place: Carterican, 500.9 pounds (Captain's purse)
Fourth place: Islander, 429.2 pounds
Fifth place: Game Changer, 409.2 pounds
Sixth place: VooDoo Child, 409.1 pounds
Seventh place: Rare Breed, 400.4 pounds
Eighth place: Katherine Anne, 388.5 pounds (fish was long enough to compete)

Two other teams weighed in today, Magic Moment and Royal Flush, but unfortunately their catches were not big enough to make the leaderboard.


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Day six, the final day of the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is proving to be an action packed one as six teams have boated a blue!

Five boats have weighed-in so far, the first was Katherine Anne, which brought in a marlin weighing 388.5lbs, not enough weight to shake up the leaderboard but the big blue was luckily long enough to compete.

Fish must be 400-pounds or 110-inches long to qualify.

VooDoo Child was second to come in, their marlin weighed-in at 409.1 pounds, taking third place on the leaderboard.

Marlins belonging to the third and fourth boats, Magic Moment and Royal Flush, unfortunately were not big enough to make the leaderboard. Magic Moment's fish weighed 341 pounds while Royal Flush's marline weighed 339.8 pounds.

Honey Hush is holding onto the top stop on the leaderboard with a 518.5 pound catch. Game Changer is in second place with a 409.2 pounder.

Rare Breed reeled in a 400.4 pound marlin, which has dropped down to fourth place. Katherine Anne is now in fifth place.

There are two more boats on their way in:
Carterican is TBD
Islander/Hatteras Fever II is due in at 3:30pm

Lines were out at 2pm but there is still one or two boats battling to reel in their catch.

Things could get interesting with the leaderboard as the day goes on, Grace Holland is at Big Rock Landing and will continue to bring us the latest on our WITN facebook page and of course, be sure to "catch" your Big Rock Live Report tonight on WITN News at 6.



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A blue marlin caught on the fifth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has failed to qualify because it is under the weight limit.

‘Dunrite’ boated a big blue at 11:50 a.m.and brought their 359-pound catch in around 2:00 p.m. Fish must be 400-pounds or 110-inches long to qualify.

Today marked day five in the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The tournament said 122 boats were fishing, while 61 are laying out. Honey Hush is holding onto the top stop on the leaderboard with a 518.5 pound catch. Game Changer, which caught the first marlin in the tournament on Tuesday, is in second place with a 409.2 pounder.

On Wednesday, the crew on Rare Breed reeled in a 400.4 pound marlin, coming in at third place.Boats can only fish four out of the six days of the tournament.

Saturday, anglers will be fishing from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as the tournament wraps up.



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Lines are out of the water, and no boats landed a blue marlin on this fourth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The tournament said 90 boats fished Thursday, while 93 took a lay day. Boats can only fish on four out of the six days of the tournament.

Miss Peggy Sue II was the last boat to hook up at 2:55 p.m., but the fish ended up pulling a hook and no marlins were brought in.

‘Honey Hush’ still sits on top of the leaderboard, with a 518.5-pound catch. ‘Game Changer’, which caught the first marlin in the entire tournament, is in second with a 409.2 pounder.

On Wednesday, the crew ‘Rare Breed’ reeled in a 400.4-pound marlin. The third-place catch was reeled in by 16-year-old angler E.J. Nettles. He’s the youngest known angler to weigh in at the tournament, according to Big Rock officials.

The 183 boats participating have until Saturday to make a catch.



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A 16-year-old angler brought in a blue marlin that is now in third place in this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The catch from ‘Rare Breed’ weighed 400.4 pounds, just over the 400 pound minimum for a big blue to be eligible in Big Rock.

There are 151 boats out fishing on this third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

‘Twin Fin” hooked up a fish at 9:22 a.m. and they finally released their blue marlin at 1:55 p.m.

Two marlins caught on Tuesday remain at the top of the leaderboard.

‘Honey Hush’ boated a518.5 pound big blue, while ‘Game Changer’ came in with a 409.2 pounder.


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There are 151 boats out fishing on this third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Big Rock says 32 boats decided to stay at the docks today.

On Tuesday two boats brought in big blues.

‘Honey Hush’ currently sits on top of the leaderboard after catching a 518.5 pound big blue Tuesday afternoon.

The anglers could’ve taken home $501,500 for their catch, but they did not enter the Level V “Winner Takes All” category, which awards prize money to whoever boats the first marlin over 500 pounds.

‘Game Changer’ boated the first blue marlin with a 409.2 pound catch.

The competition wraps up Saturday.



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There’s finally a leaderboard in this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

‘Honey Hush’ came in with a 518.5 pound big blue this afternoon.

‘Game Changer’ boated the first blue marlin with a 409.2-pound catch.

Even though ‘Honey Hush’ boated the first marlin over 500 pounds, the boat missed out on $501,500 because they did not enter the Level V “Winner Takes All” category.

No blue marlins were caught on the first day of the tournament.

The tournament runs through Saturday.


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All boats are fishing on this second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament off the Crystal Coast.

This is the 60th year for one of the largest fishing tournaments held in the country.

On the first day of fishing, no boats brought in a big blue. The tournament runs through Saturday in Morehead City.

This year’s purse is a record $2.56 million.

The first boat to bring in a marlin that weighs at least 500 pounds wins $501,500 if it entered the Level V “Winner Takes All category. If that catch ends up winning the tournament, then they could win up to $1.25 million.


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No blue marlins were boated on the first day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The 60th annual tournament kicked off this weekend with the Lady Angler Tournament on Saturday.

Lines went into the water this morning for the first day of fishing in the main portion of the tournament. There are 130 boats registered to take part in Big Rock.

The tournament says 114 boats decided to fish today, while 69 are staying at the docks.

The massive tournament draws in big crowds every year to support non-profit organizations around Carteret County. To date, the organization has donated more than $4 million.