BIG ROCK FINAL: Double B Wins Big Rock

The boat Double B is the winner of the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

Double B's 652.8 pound blue that was brought in Monday was the winning fish. The crew won $524,375.

Blue Water came in second and won $191,050.

Sushi rounded out the leaderboard pocketing $126,700.

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There was no change Friday in the leaders for the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. For the second day in a row no blue marlins were boated.

Thirty-two boats were listed as fishing on Friday, the next to the last day for the tournament.

Double B remains in first place with a 652.8 pound blue marlin, Blue Water in second with a 580.6 pound catch, and Sushi in third place with a 467.4 pound blue.

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More than 110 boats fished in day four of the 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but no blue marlins were boated.

The three fish atop the leaderboard: 652.8 pounds, 580.6 pounds and 467.4 pounds.

The Double B is in first place, the Blue Water in second place and the Sushi in third place.

We'll keep you updated here on on all the tournament action.

It's an exciting start to the 53rd Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament along the Crystal Coast.

The boat "Blue Water" came to the scales in Morehead City around 2:30 p.m. and won the first-marlin prize of nearly $250,000. The marlin weighed 580.6 pounds.

According to the tournament website, the Blue Water is captained by Gray Hall. The boat hooked up at 10:49 a.m. and boated the blue at 11:52 p.m.

The angler who brought in the marlin said it is the first time he's ever caught a marlin and went on to say "it's better than winning the Lotto."

The Double B came into the scales about 4:15 p.m. The Double B, out of Manteo, hooked up at 12:17 p.m. and boated the blue at 1:02 p.m. The Double B's marlin weighed in at 652.8 pounds, taking the lead.

A third boat, Trophy, was thought to have a marlin in contention but that turned out not to be the case.

By Sunday night, there were 135 boats registered in the tournament and the purse was nearly $1.5 million. The winner of the tournament, if entered in all levels, could get more than $800,000.

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