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BIG ROCK: Day 3 wraps up with Builder’s Choice only boat to catch blue marlin

Builder's Choice boats 479.7-pound blue marlin
Builder's Choice boats 479.7-pound blue marlin(WITN)
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 8:30 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 2:07 PM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - A boat from New Bern brought in the sixth blue marlin in this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

Just before 11:00 a.m., Builder’s Choice boated the fish. It weighed in at 479.7 pounds at Big Rock Landing.

No other boat caught a blue marlin on Wednesday, the third day of the tournament.

There were a lot more fishermen on the hunt for a record-breaking marlin following Tuesday’s bumpy waters and stronger winds. No blue marlins were boated Tuesday.

The tournament says 230 boats were out on the water Wednesday while 36 took a lay day.

WITN meteorologists forecasted better boating conditions Wednesday with northeast winds at 10-20 knots, and two to four-foot waves all below sunny skies.

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.

Day one finished with five marlins being caught and Mercenaria remains in the lead with a 572.6-pound catch.

RankBoatWeight
1stMercenaria572.6 pounds
2ndWall Hanger556.4 pounds
3rdHigh Yield536.8 pounds
4thBad Habit526.7 pounds
5thBuilder’s Choice479.7 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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