BIG ROCK: No marlins caught on day 2; Mercenaria still in lead

Mercenaria caught this 572.6-pound fish on Monday.
Mercenaria caught this 572.6-pound fish on Monday.(WITN)
Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 9:25 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 1:39 PM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - No one boated a blue marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

Just 38 boats decided Tuesday to head out into the Atlantic, while 228 chose the day as one of their two lay days, anticipating slightly bumpy waters and stronger winds.

WITN meteorologists predicted 15-25 knot winds offshore with a five to seven-foot surf creating a bumpy ride for boaters.

Day one finished with five marlins being caught.

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 in total.

Wall Hanger boated a big blue around 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 marlin. Shortly after 7 p.m., the boat’s catch weighed in at 526.7 pounds, good for fourth 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:

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.

The tournament runs through Saturday.

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