BIG ROCK: 'Dropped Call' fails to make leaderboard with blue marlin

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WITN) - The only crew to boat a big blue on day 5 of the 61st annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament failed to make the leaderboard.

'Dropped Call' docked at Big Rock Landing with a 524.7-pound blue marlin around 6:00 on Friday evening. They boated their fish at 12:52 p.m., but it took them about 5 hours to get back to the docks due to engine trouble.

‘Wolverine’ remains at the top of the leader board after bringing in a 588.9-pound blue marlin on Monday, one of seven marlins boated that day.

‘Donna Mae’ is in second place with a 569.9-pound catch, ‘Sweetums’ third with a 545.4-pound marlin, Friday's 524.7-pound catch puts 'Dropped Call' in fourth, ‘Fender Bender’ is in fifth with their 504.8-pound catch, ‘Sea Striker’ is in sixth with a 500.2-pound blue, ‘Big Tahuna’ seventh after snagging a 482.3-pound fish, ‘Top Dog’ eighth with a 464.9-pound big blue, ‘Piracy’ ninth after catching a 461.4-pound marlin, and ‘Post Call’ in tenth place with a 451.4-pound catch.

Crews have one final day of fishing for a chance to change up the leaderboard. Fishing lines go in the water at 8 a.m. on Saturday.


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Just a few boats are taking a lay day on this the fifth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

The latest figures show 172 boats are out fishing, compared to just one boat on Thursday. There are 184 boats registered.

‘Wolverine’ remains at the top of the leader board after bringing in a 588.9-pound blue marlin on Monday, one of seven marlins boated that day.

The tournament, with a record $2.8 million purse, runs through Saturday.


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The only boat fishing today in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament lost its last minute catch.

‘Paved For’ hooked up at 2:49 p.m. but ended up losing the fish before it could be brought in. Boats must have lines out of the water by 3:00 p.m. unless they have a catch.

‘Paved For’ was the sole boat out fishing on this fourth day of the tournament. This was their only hookup of the day.

Tournament director Crystal Hasmer says the boat will get a prize when it gets back to Big Rock Landing today.

She said they've had short days in the past, but she's never known for just one boat to go out alone.

The marine forecast for Friday is favorable for the anglers.


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Rough seas are keeping all but one boat from fishing today, the fourth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

The National Weather Service says to expect 20-30 knot southwest winds and 5-9 foot seas.

‘Paved For’ is the only boat out fishing today.

There are 184 boats registered this year, and boats can only fish four of the six days.

No blue marlins were brought in Wednesday when 37 boats were out in the water.

‘Wolverine’ remains at the top of the leader board after bringing in a 588.9-pound blue marlin on Monday, one of seven marlins boated that day.

The tournament, with a record $2.8 million purse, runs through Saturday.


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No blue marlins were boated on the third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Just 37 boats went out today.

This year there are 184 boats registered. Boats can only fish for four of the six days of the tournament.

‘Wolverine’ remains at the top of the leader board after bringing in a 588.9-pound blue marlin on Monday, one of seven marlins boated that day.

‘Donna Mae’ is in second place with a 569.9-pound catch, ‘Sweetums’ third with a 545.4-pound marlin, ‘Fender Bender’ is in fourth with their 504.8-pound catch, ‘Sea Striker’ is in fifth with a 500.2-pound blue, ‘Big Tahuna’ sixth after snagging a 482.3-pound fish, ‘Top Dog’ seventh with a 464.9-pound big blue, ‘Piracy’ eighth after catching a 461.4-pound marlin, and ‘Post Call’ in ninth place with a 451.4-pound catch.

‘Sweetums’ won the Fabulous Fisherman prize, worth $531,250, after catching the first big blue that weighed over 500-pounds.

There is a record purse of just over $2.8 million this year. The tournament runs through Saturday.


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Two boats landed blue marlins today on the second day of fishing in this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

‘Sea Striker’ brought in a 500.2-pound big blue while ‘Fender Bender’ edged them out for the 4th spot on the leaderboard with at 504.8-pound blue.

162 of the 184 boats are out in the ocean today. Boats can only fish four of the six days of the tournament.

‘Wolverine’ tops the leader board after bringing in a 588.9-pound blue marlin on Monday, one of seven marlins boated on Monday.

‘Donna Mae’ is in second place with a 569.9-pound catch, ‘Sweetums’ third with a 545.4-pound marlin, ‘Fender Bender’ is in fourth with their 504.8-pound catch, ‘Sea Striker’ is in fifth with a 500.2-pound blue, ‘Big Tahuna sixth after snagging a 482.3-pound fish, ‘Top Dog’ seventh with a 464.9-pound big blue, ‘Piracy’ eighth after catching a 461-pound.4 marlin, and ‘Post Call’ in ninth place with a 451.4-pound catch.

‘Sweetums’ won the Fabulous Fisherman prize, worth $531,250, after catching the first big blue that weighed over 500-pounds.

The tournament runs through Saturday.


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The current leader remains the same as participants with all boats are now back in on a very active first day of fishing in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

‘Wolverine’ is still at the top after catching a 588.9-pound blue marlin and weighed in around 5:40 p.m.

But the second and third place positions have changed.
‘Donna Mae’ came in around 7:15 p.m. and is now in 2nd place weighing in at 569.9 pounds.

‘Sweetums’ now moves into third place, while it remains the winner of the Fabulous Fishman prize, worth $531,250.

The boat landed a 545.4-pound big blue.

The ‘Big Tahuna’ came in fourth place at 8:30 p.m. with a blue marlin weighing in at 482.3 pounds.

‘Top Dog’ is in fifth place with a 464.9-pound blue marlin.

Just before 5:00 p.m., ‘Piracy’ returned with a 461.4-pound catch putting them in sixth place.

‘Post Call’ moves into seventh place with a 451.4-pounder.

Fabulous Fisherman is awarded to the first boat that catches a blue marlin that weighs over 500-pounds.

Even though ‘Sweetums’ brought in their marlin to Big Rock Landing first, ‘Post Call’ actually boated their fish 10 minutes earlier so tournament officials had to wait before giving ‘Sweetums’ the prize.

Big Rock says this ties their biggest day with seven blue marlins brought in.


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There’s a new leader on a very active first day of fishing in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

‘Wolverine’ caught a 588.9 blue marlin and weighed in around 5:40 p.m.

‘Sweetums’ now moves into second place, while it remains winner of the Fabulous Fishman prize, worth $531,250.

The boat landed a 545.4-pound big blue.

‘Top Dog’ is in third place with a 464.9-pound blue marlin.

Just before 5:00 p.m., ‘Piracy’ returned with a 461.4-pound catch putting them in fourth place.

‘Post Call’ moves into fifth with a 451.4-pounder.

Fabulous Fisherman is awarded to the first boat that catches a blue marlin that weighs over 500-pounds.

Even though ‘Sweetums’ brought in their marlin to Big Rock Landing first, ‘Post Call’ actually boated their fish 10 minutes earlier so tournament officials had to wait before giving ‘Sweetums’ the prize.

‘Big Tahuna’ and ‘Donna Mae” are still on their way in with their marlins.

Big Rock says this ties their biggest day with seven blue marlins brought in.


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The first of five boats to catch a blue marlin on this first day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing tournament has weighed in.

‘Sweetums’ landed a 545.4-pound big blue and weighed in shortly after 1:10 p.m.

‘Post Call’ and ‘Top Dog’ are expected back in around 2:30 p.m. to Big Rock Landing. ‘Big Tahuna’ and ‘Piracy’ boated big blues this afternoon as well but there is no ETA for them yet.


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Two boats are already headed in with blue marlins during the first hour of fishing in the year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament. A third boat is also on its way in with a catch.

‘Sweetums’ boated a big blue at 9:48 a.m., while ‘Post Call’ got one just ten minutes later. Then at 11:36 a.m. ‘Top Dog” reported it too has a marlin onboard.

‘Sweetums’ is expected to reach Big Rock Landing for the weigh-in around 1:30 p.m. while both ‘Post Call’ and ‘Top Dog’ have an ETA of 2:30 p.m.

This year, with 184 boats registered, there is a record purse of just over $2.8 million. That means a first place marlin that weighs over 500 pounds and caught by a boat that is entered in all levels is worth $1,324,438.


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Fishing is underway in the 61st annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament in Morehead City.

JUst three of the 184 boats are not fishing today as they try to reel in the largest blue marlin.

Team Honey Hush took the top prize last year with a 518.5-pound catch.

The tournament also serves as a charity fundraiser and hundreds of thousands of dollars are donated to community organizations every year.

WITN is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament. We will have coverage of the tournament as fish are brought in for weighing throughout the week.



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The 61st annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament kicks off in Morehead City this weekend.

Last year, hundreds of fishermen and women competed on nearly 200 boats. Teams tied the record for the most blue marlins brought to shore reeled in on a single day.

Honey Hush took the top prize for a 518.5-pound catch.

The tournament also serves as a charity fundraiser and hundreds of thousands of dollars are donated to community organizations every year.

Kick off events begin Friday and continue through the weekend with fishing starting on Monday.

WITN is proud to be the exclusive media sponsor of the tournament. We’ll keep you updated as fish are brought in for weighing throughout next week.