“Widespread” winner of the Blue Marlin Biggest Catch category at Big Rock tournament

Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 8:41 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2021 at 4:15 PM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - “Widespread” has won the Blue Marlin Biggest Catch category at the Big Rock fishing tournament with its 656.5-catch from Friday. The prize money was $1,678,250.

39 boats were eligible entering the last day of fishing in Morehead City. As of Saturday morning, 231 boats were fished out and “Widespread” was still in the lead.

“Widespread” lead comes after a four-hour fight at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament Friday. “Widespread” hooked the marlin at 2:23 p.m. and made it back to the docks around 10:30 p.m. topping the leaderboard.

At 3:00 p.m. yesterday, no one had boated a marlin, but four boats still had fish hooked up to their lines. By 5:00 p.m. that dwindled to just a single boat, “Widespread.”

There were 260 boats out on the water on Friday, with just ten boats sitting out the day.

Thursday saw a banner day for catches, with four marlins being brought in.

Saturday, the last day of fishing, lasted from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

This year has a record number of boats participating.

“Widespread”656.5 pounds
“Natural”521.6 pounds
“Outnumbered”512.4 pounds
“Widespread”479.2 pounds
“Following Seas”448.8 pounds
“Anticipation”446.8 pounds
“Dancin Outlaw”419.3

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