The 72-foot Viking C-STUDENT leads the way in the Heaviest Blue Marlin category after Day 1 of the 2023 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with their 470.2-pound blue marlin.
They missed the tournament’s coveted Fabulous Fisherman Award, which goes to the first team in each tournament to weigh a blue marlin weighing 500 pounds or better. Another 30 pounds on their prized catch would have put $739,500 in their coffers. They did pocket a not-too-shabby $25,000 for their catch
Two other boats brought blue marlin to the scales at the Morehead City event, but neither made the tournament minimum of 400 pounds.
Hunter Megarity was the angler who reeled in the big fish.
BUILDER’S CHOICE, a 64-foot Jarrett Bay based out of New Bern, leads the Release Division at the end of Day 1. They tallied 925 points on the day, releasing two blue marlin and one white marlin.
WAVE PAVER, a 75-foot Bayliss, is in second place in the Release Division after racking up 800 points with two blue marlin releases. They also captured the Daily First Release prize, winning $5000.
The 57-foot Sunny Briggs BUDDY ROWE, ported in Charleston, currently sits in third place with 800 points, releasing two blue marlin.
Non-sonar Release Division
BILL COLLECTOR leads the Non-sonar Release Division with 400 points, followed by numerous other boats with the same score.
Anglers will have lines back in the water tomorrow morning. For full coverage, including live updates, set your internet browser to http://www.thebigrock.com