Big Rock Day 1: ‘Following Seas’ tops leaderboard

A record 270 boats are participating with a record $4.8 million purse this year
Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 7:24 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 11:34 PM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - ‘Following Seas’ tops the Big Rock leader board with a 448.8-pound catch Monday afternoon.

The boat landed the blue marlin shortly after 11 a.m. on the first day of the tournament.

It came up 52 pounds short of snagging the Fabulous Fisherman prize, which goes to the first marlin that weighs at least 500 pounds.

This year’s Fabulous Fisherman prize brings in $828,750, while a boat winning first place entered in all divisions could take home $1.6 million.

Monday kicked off the first full week of fishing at the 63rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

A record 270 boats are participating this year, including Michael Jordan’s boat ‘Catch 23.’ Jordan and his crew caught a 25-pound dolphin on Monday.

As of Monday morning, 263 boats were out on the water and seven boats took a lay day. Boaters can only fish four of the six days of the tournament.

Angler Gregory Poole from the boat ‘Bankwalker’ already won $5,000 for the first release of the day with a white marlin.

The 63rd Annual Big Rock Tournament brings a record-breaking 270 boats and $4,742,825 purse.

Day 1 started off hot with 27 blue marlin releases, eight white marlin and six sailfish.

‘Low Profile,’ 41.4-pound ($2,000) dolphin and ‘Memories’ 38.5-pound (1,000) earned daily dolphin prize money. The Winner-Take-All dolphin prize money totals $529,125!

‘Bill Collector’ stole the show with their 52.3-pound yellowfin tuna.

Tune in to Big Rock TV every day starting at 2:00 p.m. via YouTube or Facebook!

Over the weekend, the ladies tournament took place. Builders Choice took home the top prize with a nearly 34-pound dolphin.

Builders Choice won the top prize with a 33.9 lb dolphin.
Builders Choice won the top prize with a 33.9 lb dolphin.(Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament)

WITN will have live coverage from Morehead City throughout the week as the tournament gets underway.

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