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BIG ROCK: "Inspiration" Remains Leader As Fishing Concludes For Day 5

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"Inspiration" remains in the lead as some 50 boats went out in the Atlantic, searching for that big fish.

None of those boats snagged a blue marlin.

On Monday, "Inspiration" of Morehead City, brought in a 754.3 pound fish just after 6:00 p.m. That's the third largest catch in the tournament's 56 year history.

The tournament ends on Saturday.


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A boat missed a $306,000 prize by just 8.6 pounds in day four of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

"Ava D" brought in a 491.4 pound marlin, just shy of the 500 pounds needed to snag the Fabulous Fishermen prize. While two other boats have come in with fish over 500 pounds, neither had paid the entry fee for that particular prize.

"Ava D" is now in third place, behind "Inspiration" and "Eye Catcher".

Earlier today ,"Chainlink" reeled in a 412.7 fish.

Fishing continues Friday and Saturday.


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After a two day lull, day four of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has already seen its first fish brought in for the day, and another boat on its way in with another marlin.

"Chainlink" reeled in a marlin at 9:36 a.m. The boat came back with a 412.7 fish this afternoon, putting it in third place.

"Chainlink" is no stranger to catching a big fish. In 2006, the boat won Big Rock with a 501.5 pounder, and in 1994 when it was known as "Salty Fare".

"Ava D" boated a marlin at 12:32 p.m. and is now en route to Big Rock Landing. It's expected back at 3:00 p.m.

At the top of the leader board remains "Inspiration", which brought in a 754.3 pound fish shortly on Monday.

There are 96 of 120 boats out fishing today and the tournament ends Saturday.


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The blue marlin brought back to Big Rock Landing Wednesday afternoon won't even put the crew of the James Joyce II in the standings.

The marlin, boated by James Joyce II out of Morehead City, was unable to tip the scales to the minimum of 400 pounds, coming in at just 346.5 pounds.

At the top of the leader board remains "Inspiration", which brought in a 754.3 pound fish shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday.

The tournament ends Saturday.


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A boat with a blue marlin on board is on its way back to Big Rock Landing.

James Joyce II out of Morehead City hooked up at 2:43 p.m. and got the marlin on board at 4:03 p.m.

Tournament officials expect the boat to make its way back to Morehead City around 6:30 p.m.

Ninety-five boats were out on the water, and several caught marlins and released them.

At the top of the leader board remains "Inspiration", which brought in a 754.3 pound fish shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday.

The tournament ends Saturday.


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Ninety-five boats are out on the Atlantic, trying to best a 754.3 pound catch that remains in the lead of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

No marlins were boated Tuesday. That made for a much slower day compared to Monday, when three marlins were boated.

Several boats this morning have hooked a possible marlin, but so far none have been boated.

Fishing continues until 3:00 p.m, though anglers can still try to boat those fish still hooked up at that time.

"Inspiration" brought in their 754.3 pound fish shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday.



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There is drama for one boat in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, and it has nothing to do with a fish.

Tournament officials say Magic Moment was struck by lightning while out to sea Tuesday morning. No one was injured, but the strike likely caused an electrical issue with the engine. Tournament spokesperson Bruce Paul described the boat as "dead in the water."

Magic Moment, a 55-foot Jarrett Bay, will need to be towed back to the docks by either a service like SeaTow or a competitor. The boat is captained by Freddie Willis and is owned by Magic Moment Sportfishing LLC out of Four Oaks in Johnston County. According to the tournament website, the boat has fished in previous Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournaments, including in 2013 when it won first place for wahoo.

On the second day of the tournament, no marlins were caught.

As of right now, "Inspiration" remains at the top of the leader board with a 754.3 pound marlin caught on the first day of the tournament.



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Only three minutes into the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, a boat hooked up on a blue marlin. It could signal another exciting day in the tournament off of Morehead City.

Crews will be trying to top the leader from Monday, a 754.3 pound marlin caught by the Morehead City-based boat, Inspiration.

There are 120 boats competing in the tournament. Each boat is required to sit out two days of the tournament. Nearly all the boats fished on Monday, with the exception of nine.

Despite three marlins being caught Monday, no one claimed the big prize for catching the first large marlin. Boats need to register to be in contention for the prize, and it costs money to register for that. The $306,000 for that prize is still up for grabs.



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There's a new leader in this year's Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

"Inspiration" brought in a 754.3 pound fish just after 6:00 p.m.

That fish was the third blue marlin caught on the first day of the tournament.

"Inspiration", which is from Morehead City, caught the big fish shortly before 10:00 a.m. It took the crew nearly six hours to get the marlin on board.

"Eye Catcher" brought in the first blue around 12:15 p.m. It weighed 606.9 pounds.

Another boat, "Carnivore" boated a marlin shortly after noon and brought in a 410.7 pounder around 3:00 p.m.

The record for the tournament was an 831 pounder caught in 2000.

The tournament runs through Saturday.


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The largest blue marlin caught in the past three years was brought in on the first day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. But there is a challenger on the way in.

The 56th annual tournament began with 111 boats going out Monday morning.

"Eye Catcher" brought in the first blue around 12:15 p.m. It weighed 606.9 pounds.

Another boat, "Carnivore" boated a marlin shortly after noon and brought in a 410.7 pounder around 3:00 p.m.

"Inspiration" hooked up a blue marlin at 9:48 a.m., and it took nearly six hours to get that fish in the boat. It is now en route to Big Rock Landing and is expected between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.

Tournament officials say that marlin hasn't been weighed yet, but it's 129 inches long, compared to 113 inches for the catch from "Eye Catcher".

All others have finished for the day.

For the 17th straight year, the Big Rock purse has reached $1 million dollars.

The tournament runs through Saturday.

Stay with WITN throughout the week for live reports and continuous updates from the tournament.


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