BIG ROCK: No blue marlins boated on day 5; Mercenaria holding lead

Mercenaria caught this 572.6-pound fish on Monday.
Mercenaria caught this 572.6-pound fish on Monday.(WITN)
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 8:58 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 9:17 AM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - Several blue marlins were caught, but none were boated Thursday, on day five of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Tournament staff say 162 boats will hit the waters on Saturday. All of them are in pursuit of Mercenaria’s lead of a 572.6-pound big blue that was caught Monday.

WITN Chief Meteorologist Star Derry says offshore conditions look favorable for the tournament’s final day.

The tournament, based in Morehead City, just wrapped up its fifth day.

Miss Wy and Breakwater are the two boats that most recently boated blue marlins. Both weighed in their marlins Thursday evening at Big Rock Landing.

Miss Wy’s fish weighed in at 454.1 pounds and Breakwater’s weighed in at 427.8. Neither of those weights cracked the top three on the leaderboard.

No other boats caught blue marlins Thursday.

Boaters have been looking to knock Mercenaria from its lengthy lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Mercenaria boated the current first-place 572.6-pound big blue at 11:30 a.m. Monday. 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.

1stMercenaria572.6 pounds
2ndWall Hanger556.4 pounds
3rdHigh Yield536.8 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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