Hatteras Fever II Wins 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

By: Alize Proisy
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The final day of the 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament saw no blue marlins brought in, thus securing a large part of the $1.1 million prize purse.

Hatteras Fever II brought in a 465.3 pound blue around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, taking the lead from Sensation's 423.8 pounder reeled in on Monday.

Hatteras Fever II and Sensation were the only boats to bring in blue marlin at this year's tournament.

Hatters Fever II will take home $474,050 and the Sensation will receive $206,950 as runner-up

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It was another disappointing day at Big Rock Landing as no blue marlins were brought in Friday.

Anglers had hoped better weather would turn things around in day five of the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marilin Tournament.

Seventy-six out of the 100 registered boats went out on the water for Friday, but no marlins were boated.

No marlins were caught on Thursday as well when just 20 boats took to the waters. The tournament runs through Saturday and 99 boats are eligible to fish on the final day.

The leader remains "Hatteras Fever II" from Buxton. That boat came in Wednesday with a 465.3 pound marlin around 5:20 p.m. It was the only blue marlin brought in, and just the second one so far this week.

Monday, "Sensation", reeled in a 423.8 pound blue marlin on day one. Last year's winner came up at 499.3 pounds.

This year's purse is $1.1 million.


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No blue marlins were caught on the fourth day of fishing in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Tournament officials said just 20 of the 100 boats went out Thursday.

The leader remains "Hatteras Fever II" from Buxton. That boat came in Wednesday with a 465.3 pound marlin around 5:20 p.m. It was the only blue marlin brought in, and just the second one so far this week.

Monday, "Sensation", reeled in a 423.8 pound blue marlin on day one. Last year's winner came up at 499.3 pounds.

The tournament runs through Saturday.


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Three days of fishing competition at the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament in Morehead City have kept the crystal coast waters busy with 100 boats entered in the competition. We spoke to the captain of one of only 3 boats that stayed at the dock Wednesday to find out how teams decide: to fish or not to fish?

97 of the 100 boats registered for the big rock blue marlin tournament spent the day on the water, Wednesday trying to catch the big one.

Captain Ed Petrilli kept his Morehead City based boat, the Carnivore, tied up on shore.

"We could use the rest, and we felt after that we would be fresh Thursday or Friday going into Saturday," said Petrilli.

It's all part of Petrilli's strategy. Big Rock rules state fisherman can only cast rods 4 of the 6 days of the tournament.

"Fisherman have all their little things they look at: the weather, where the gulf stream lies, weed lines, all kinds of things they go by in order to choose when and where they'll fish.
said tournament director Crystal Hesmer.

"We always look for a good temperature break and we like to fish the cool side of it and if there is good structure in the water, weed lines or patches that hold bait, and when the bait comes the larger fish come. We always keep our eye on that, and in addition to that we like to see cool water eddies which are little patches of cool water which also hold bait," said Petrilli.

Petrilli knows from experience. He caught the champion blue marlin back in 2010 after the crew on "Citation" who had a bigger fish- was disqualified when tournament officials determined one crew member on that boat didn't have a fishing license.

Petrilli and his crew plan to catch the biggest blue marlin sometime over the next 3 days.

"You have to go out there everyday and feel like you're going to catch a winning fish. If you're not doing that, you're not in the right competitive mode. We always feel like we're competitive. We always feel like we want to go out there. Every minute between lines in and lines out we're working as hard as we can," said Petrilli


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There's a new leader at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on the Crystal Coast.

"Hatteras Fever II" from Buxton came in with a 465.3 pound marlin around 5:20 p.m. It was the only blue marlin weighed today, and just the second one so far this week.

Monday, "Sensation", reeled in a 423.8 pound blue marlin on day one. Last year's winner came up at 499.3 pounds.

It's the 55th year for the tournament with $1.1 million up for grabs. Big Rock runs through Saturday.


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A blue marlin in headed back into to Big Rock Landing this afternoon.

It's day three of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, with increased activity out on the Atlantic.

Tuesday only ten of the 100 boats ventured out, and no marlins were caught. Each boat has to take 2 of the 6 days of the tournament off, and with conditions less than ideal, they figured Tuesday would be a good time to use one.

Today all but three boats went out in search of a marlin. At 12:47 "Hatteras Fever II" from Buxton boated a marlin and is now heading back in. It's estimated they're arrive at Big Rock Landing between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.

At this point the leader is still "Sensation", reeling in a 423.8 pound blue marlin Monday on day one. Last year's winner came up just short at 499.3 pounds.

It's the 55th year for the tournament with $1.1 million up for grabs.


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Tuesday was day 2 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, but only 10 boats out of 100 entered were in the water competing due to some strong winds.

Weighmaster Randy Gregory says heavy winds early Tuesday morning scared some of the fisherman off. Each boat has to take 2 of the 6 days of the tournament off, and with conditions less than ideal, they figured it would be a good time to use one. With only 10 boats in the water, no blue marlins were boated, just a few dolphins and a wahoo.

Ir was quite a difference from Monday, when a blue marlin came in just short of 500 pounds.

"I have a feeling we will see another blue marlin or two come to the dock I'm sure. There's 100 boats out there. Most everybody's got 3 days left to fish," said Gregory.

The leader is still Sensation reeling in a 423.8 pound blue marlin Monday on day one. Last year's winner came up just short at 499.3 pounds.

It's the 55th year for the tournament with $1.1 million up for grabs.


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Boats are headed back out into the Atlantic this morning for day two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

On Monday, "Sensation" from Morehead City was the only boat to land a marlin. It weighed 423.8 pounds.

It's the 55th year for the tournament with $1.1 million up for grabs.

One hundred boats are registered in this year's tournament, which runs through Saturday.


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An Eastern Carolina tradition is underway once again and a blue marlin has been boated, but it was just shy of the 500 pounds minimum needed to win the prize for the first big blue to come in. It weighed 423.8 pounds.

The 55th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament kicked off this morning in Carteret County with $1.1 million up for grabs.

One hundred boats are registered in this year's tournament. Officials were concerned that because of Tropical Storm Andrea some boats wouldn't make it to the Crystal Coast in time.

But despite the bad weather last week, tournament officials say the purse has topped $1 million for the 16th straight year.

Monday, 98 boats headed offshore. They're enticed with a $225,250 prize for the first boat to weigh in a 500 pound blue marlin.

It took "Sensation" one hour and forty-five minutes to boat its marlin this afternoon.

The tournament runs through Saturday.


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