Day Five: Dun-Rite just misses the weight minimum with 350 lbs blue marlin

At Big Rock Landing where people are lined up ready for the first marlin of the tournament to come in. (Photo: Nate Belt)

Follow along as anglers compete in the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament!


1. Honey Hush, caught Tuesday, 518.5 pounds

2. Game Changer, caught Tuesday, 409.2 pounds

3. Rare Breed, caught Wednesday, 400.4 pounds

Friday, June 15th 2018

There was a lot of excitement around the only blue marlin brought in today, but the fish didn't make the cut.

The boat Dun-Rite brought in their blue marlin around 2:00 p.m. to be weighed. The minimum weight requirement to bring a blue marlin in for the tournament is 400 lbs, but this one fell short, weighing only 359.3 lbs.

While you could see the disappointment in the anglers' faces, they still have another chance to get something bigger tomorrow. The team will face penalties and lose points on their next catch, though. According to tournament rules, in order to even qualify for third place, they would have to catch an 800 lbs marlin.

While the marlin didn't qualify for the tournament, the fish did meet federal and state requirements, so it's a perfectly legal catch. The fish will still go to researchers.

Thursday, June 14th 2018

Despite all efforts, no marlins were brought to be be weighed in today.

There were 90 boats fishing today, which account for about half of the boats registered. The other 93 boats took today as one of their two mandatory lay days.

Rankings from yesterday still stand, with Honey Hush in first with their 518.5 pound blue marlin. They're followed by Game Changer, who hooked a 409.2 pound blue marlin on Monday and Rare Breed who nabbed a 400.4 pound blue marlin on Wednesday.

Here's day three by the numbers: two blue marlins caught, one white marlin caught and four sailfish caught. All of the fish were released.

Wednesday, June 13th 2018

Lines went in at 9:00 a.m. -- 151 boats are fishing today, with 32 laying to begin day three of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Rare Breed was the first to boat and bring back a blue marlin to be weighed today. It was caught by 16-year-old EJ Nettles, the first known junior angler to weigh a blue marlin in the tournament. The marlin weighed in at 400.4 lbs.

Tournament officials said Dancin' Outlaw's release at 10:56 a.m. was the 60th billfish release of the competition.

The Cherry Point Harriers will also be doing the flyover around 5:00 p.m. at Big Rock today. This was suppose to yesterday; however, the cloud ceiling was too low.

Tuesday, June 12th 2018

The second day of the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament finished with two blue marlins now on the leaderboard.

132 boats went out fishing, which means 51 are took the day off after a rocky start on day one.

The day was full of anglers, young and old, working their hardest to bring in the biggest and best blue marlin of the competition. According to the tournament's Twitter account, a total of 27 billfish were released today, 15 blue marlins, seven white marlins, four sailfish, and one spearfish.

Many were unsuccessful in catching a blue marlin worthy enough to bring back to the docks, but with a bit more action throughout the day, Honey Hush and Game Changer were able to boat the first blue marlins of the tournament, securing their spots on the leaderboard.

Game Changer's blue marlin, the first in the tournament, weighed in at 409.2 lbs. The Honey Hush also came in a bit earlier than expected, weighing their blue marlin in at 518.5 lbs.

According to the tournament's Twitter account, the Floridian seemed to be in the running for a short time, wrestling with a fish for close to an hour, but the crew had no luck in the end.

Monday, June 11th 2018

The first day of the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament finished Monday without a fish being brought in to be weighed.

A number of boats hooked fish but nobody was able to pull in a blue marlin that was worthy of being brought back to shore to be weighed. There were 114 boats fishing on Monday with 69 staying behind. Boats have to have two days where they don't fish during the six-day event.

Registration for the tournament was cut off at 9:00 a.m. as fishing began on day one of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Officials said a total of 183 boats will be fishing in the competition.

One goal set out in this year's tournament is to get service members on a boat for a day.

On Monday, Marine Brad Cook got the chance to spend the day on the water with a team participating in the Big Rock. Cook is currently stationed at Cherry Point.

Saturday, June 9th 2018

The ladies kicked off their portion of the event the Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament.

The winner of the Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament was Lauren Dudley who weighed in a dolphin species at 52.7 pounds.

Friday, June 8th 2018

Fans are ready to see some big fish boated and brought to shore as the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament week kicks off.

Friday night, a party of sorts kicked off what's sure to be a big week of fishing, competition and fun. Big rockers from all over the country are in Morehead City getting ready for the annual tournament that's one of the biggest in the world.

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