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BIG ROCK: Mercenaria remains first as day 1 wraps up

Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 10:13 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 12:47 PM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - The first day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament wrapped up with five separate boats catching a blue marlin.

Mercenaria boated the current first-place 572.6-pound big blue at 11:30 a.m. The owners of the boat won $777,750 for the catch in the Fabulous Fisherman’s contest. They can still win a grand prize of $3.4 million total.

Wall Hanger boated a blue marlin at about 5:06 p.m. Just after 7:30 p.m., their catch weighed in at 556.4 pounds, good for second place.

At 2:53 p.m., tournament staff said High Yield also boated a blue marlin. At 5 p.m., High Yield’s catch weighed in at 536.8 pounds, good enough for third place in the tournament.

At 3:44 p.m., tournament staff said Bad Habit boated a blue marlin. Shortly after 7 p.m., the boat’s catch weighed in at 526.7 pounds, good for third place in the competition.

Sylva Lining boated a blue marlin at 1:07 p.m. and when its team weighed in just before 5:30 p.m., the catch weighed in at 401.3 pounds. That is good enough for fifth place.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament leaderboard currently looks like this:

RankBoatWeight
1stMercenaria572.6 pounds
2ndWall Hanger556.4 pounds
3rdHigh Yield536.8 pounds
4thBad Habit526.7 pounds
5thSylva Lining401.3 pounds

This is the 64th year for the tournament, with 266 boats competing for the record purse of $5,858,875.

Fans were excited to be in attendance.

“I’ve been coming to Morehead and Beaufort probably since I was a little girl so every year we come down, but with the children,” Shawna Rader said.

On the first day, 246 teams are fishing while 20 boats took a layday.

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