Figment Is First Official Leader at Big Rock

Morehead City - There is an official leader in the Big Rock fishing tournament at the midway point.

The boat Figment, Captained by Glynn Loftin, brought in the blue marlin which weighed in at 439lbs.

Angler Kyle Culpepper wrestled with the fish for around 35 minutes before reeling it in.

They are currently the front runners for the lion's share of the 1.6 million dollar purse.

Morehead City - The boat 'Figment' is the latest in the Big Rock competition to catch a blue marlin. It is currently en route to the dock and is expected back at 4:30pm.


Morehead City - As the excitement over 'No Problem' making its way to shore with the first blue marlin mounted -- it faded nearly as fast.

The fish weighed in at 344.5 pounds--short of the 400 pounds necessary. The fish was ruled underweight and the submission resulted in a 400 pound penalty to the team essentially ending their run.

Team 'No Problem' is comprised of Angler Bob Farris and Captain Skip Opalko


Previous story:
Morehead City - No Problem boated a blue marlin and is expected to arrive at the Big Rock Landing at around 2pm for weighing. It will be the first blue marlin to be weighed in the 51st Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. 138 of the 157 boats fished on the third day of the tournament.

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  • by Big Rock Fan Location: Hope Mills on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    Didn't you read, "Disgusted" is from California. What does that tell you other than the fact disgusted may break a finger nail trying to reel in the big one.
  • by "BUD" fan Location: Greenville on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    Thank you "Bud" for setting disgusted straight. That doesn't even begin to touch on the ENTRY FEES for this tournament. I think it's great for the coastal cities! I always enjoy watching the catch on the news during the tournament. Maybe disgusted should try cranking in one of those fish one day and they might see things differently.
  • by Disgusted on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    Being a redneck is sad! Killing fish is bad! BTW I'm from California.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    We're talking about Marlin here, not all fish in general Also Disgusted. You don't see any 1,000 pounders in NC cause the big ones stay in more tropical waters with their bigger prey, like Florida and Cuba. And people don't harvest marlin, they harvest tuna. We eat tuna. We don't eat marlin. 99% of all marlin caught are released at the boat. It just so happens that in this tournament, the only way to draw interest is to bring them to the dock for show-and-tell. Otherwise this great economic booster for eastern NC would be just another no-name weekend tournament. If 5 marlin have to die for our revenue to jump bigtime then I'm all for it. It's not like we're killing 4,000 of em, just a few. And you can blame the tuna numbers on your Asian friends, not us. THEY are the ones responsible; good luck trying to stop them from fishing for their beloved tuna. It's called the Circle of Life. Go eat a salad and hug a tree while I re-bait my hook!
  • by Also disgusted Location: Jacksonville on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    Take a guess why there aren't that many 1000 pound Marlin or Giant Tuna around anymore????? They ended up hanging on a dock somewhere. Go ahead and run the tournament but give boats extra points for catch and release. You can measure the fish in the water to figure weight and size. Also you can weigh it right at the boat and release it alive. Fish studies are done just like that all the time And to you BUD the numbers of fish are falling due to over harvast worldwide. Open your eyes
  • by Patrick on Jun 11, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    I would rather be a redneck than a YANKEE any day of the week...I enjoy catching my fish and shooting my deer, and if my 3.5 college gpa makes me a dumb redneck that just shows your ignorance "disgusted". Maybe you should go back to New York and and try to be Americas next top model.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    To Disgusted: your assumption that the people fishing in this tournament are "rednecks" is ignorant of the definition of the word itself. People from all over the US come to fish this event. Are people from New Jersey "redneck?" And do you mean to say you've NEVER touched a rod and reel? If that's the case, I pity you. What a sad life. You call the fish innocent. Who cares, they're fish! It's not like they're endangered or anything. Only a handful of boats actually bring in their fish anyway, so the amount of dead marlin is limited. If your idea of redneck is a 40 ft $1.5 million dollar boat with thousand dollar rods and reels and Sperry topsider shoes, you need to open your eyes and buy a dictionary.
  • by Cynthia Location: Bladen County on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:52 AM
    Please define "reneck". My children are in this tournament, and they are not "renecks" or rednecks (according to my definition) Have a good day on the water kids.
  • by Matt on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:59 PM
    Fishin is a great sport that is a huge part of of history. It is as old as time and getting paid over a million bucks for catching one of these giants is pretty awesome. So fish, you rednecks, FISH!!
  • by Disgusted on Jun 10, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    This tournament is nothing but a bunch of renecks with nothing better to do with their time but kill innocent fish.
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