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BIG ROCK: Flybuoy & Inspiration Split Purse, No One Nets 500 Pounder

It was an exciting last day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament on the Crystal Coast, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, and it ends up the first fish brought in is the biggest of this year's tournament. The Flybuoy, captained by Robert Hollingsworth of Charleston, South Carolina, maintained its lead with a 499.3-pound blue marlin caught Monday by Todd Baxley.

Inspiration, captained by Casey Wagner of Morehead City held second place with a 437.7-pound blue caught Tuesday by Beaufort angler Terry Clark.

Flybuoy and Inspiration will split eligible prize money in 60/40 fashion. That means Flybuoy's winning purse will be $496,710 and the Inspiration fishing team will receive $212,640.

Two boats brought marlins back Saturday, but both were too small to compete. The marlins brought in Saturday by Can Do Too and Fishing Partner can be seen in the picture. They both weighed in at less than 400 pounds.

The $246,500 prize for a minimum 500-pound blue marlin goes unclaimed so 100% entry fees will be returned to each boat that entered at that level.


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For the second day in a row there were no blue marlins brought in to Big Rock Landing.

There were some 73 boats out in the Atlantic for the fourth day of fishing in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and there were several marlins caught, but they all were released.

Flybuoy from Charleston, South Carolina remains is in the lead with their first day catch of 499.3 pounds. Inspiration, a boat from Morehead City, is in second with a 437.7 pound blue marlin brought in Tuesday.

This year's tournament has 120 boats registered and the total purse is a little over $1.25 million.

The tournament ends Saturday.


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The third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament ended with no marlins brought in to Morehead City.

There were 97 boats fishing today. Several boats caught blue marlins today, but all were either lost of released.

Currently, Flybuoy from Charleston, South Carolina is in the lead with their first day catch of 499.3 pounds. Inspiration, a boat from Morehead City, is in second with a 437.7 pound blue marlin brought in Tuesday.

This year's tournament has 120 boats registered and the total purse is a little over $1.25 million.


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Fishing has ended on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with another big fish brought in to Morehead City.

Inspiration, a boat from Morehead City, came in around 1:45 p.m. with a 437.7 pound blue marlin. It is currently in 2nd place in the tournament.

Inspiration is owned by Casey Wagner, who serves as the tournament's president this year. His boat is named after his wife, Keli, who died of breast cancer in 2008.

Yesterday, Flybuoy missed winning nearly a quarter of a million dollars. That marlin weighed in at 499.3 pounds. The first boat to bring in a blue marlin that weighs at least 500 pounds wins $246,500.

This is the 54th annual Big Rock Tournament. There are 120 boats registered this year and the total purse is a little over $1.25 million.


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It's the first day of fishing in the 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and already there's lots of excitement with the first marlin brought in.

Flybuoy from Charleston, South Carolina hooked up around 1:36 p.m. and boated their marlin at 3:08 p.m. The first boat that brings in a marlin that weighs at least 500 pounds wins $246,500. Flybuoy's catch came in at 499.3 pounds.

This year's tournament has 120 boats registered and the total purse is a little over $1.25 million.

Tournament officials say 115 boats went out today.


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