MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – The Viking 62 brought home a 680lb blue marlin to take the early lead at the 57th annual Big Rock-Blue Marlin Tournament.
Earl Hall caught the marlin. “This is the biggest fish I’ve ever brought to the dock,” he said. “I’ve caught bigger fish and lost them, but it’s your catch percentage that’s not always as good as you want it to be but we’re just happy to have it hanging here. ”
Three other blue marlins were boated on this first day of the tournament. The Shenandoah, Callie Girl, and Carly A were all entered into the Fabulous Fishermen category, which awards $365,00 to the first boat that brought back a 500 lb. fish. Although Carly A had a bigger fish, Shenandoah took home the first check of the tournament for boating the 500 lb. fish first.
SO YOUR LEADERBOARD IS AS FOLLOWS:
1. VIKING 62 680 LBS
2. CARLY A 504.3 LBS
3. SHENANDOAH 503.6 LBS
4. CALLIE GIRL 481.3 LBS
Hundreds of anglers are putting their fishing skills to the test at the 57th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
The tournament draws thousands of tourists to downtown Morehead City every year.
More than 120 boats are hitting the water to start their quest for the biggest blue marlin. Anglers can fish four out the six days of the event.
We will be keeping you updated on all the Big Rock action throughout the week. You can follow the action at the official website for the tournament here.