Big Rock Tournament—After a five-hour fight, Pelagic Hunter II, a 35’ Contender Outboard, became one of the only outboards to ever win the Big Rock Tournament. Their impressive 495.2-pound catch, reeled in by Riley Atkins, earned them $206,688 in Level I plus $16,575 for first place in the Outboard Division.
Only 0.2 pounds behind was Adrian Holler and the crew aboard Sea Striker, a two-time Big Rock winner, who boated a blue marlin at 10:30 a.m. on the final day of fishing. The 495-pound blue marlin was caught by Jon Henry and was only five pounds from winning the Fabulous Fisherman’s prize money. Jarrett Bay Hull #23 earned a whopping $1,056,137 payout and a second-place finish in the 62nd annual tournament.
Since there weren’t any blue marlin weighed over 500 lbs. the Fabulous Fisherman’s money went to Lo Que Sea, the team entered in Level V with the most points. Lo Que Sea’s 2250 points for the week prize money was worth $552,500 plus $151,938 for first place weekly release in addition to $27,813 in Tuesday’s daily release prize money.
Magic Moment won Daily Release money on Day six for their three blue marlin releases. Grandfather, dad, and son each released a blue to help earn them $47,813 in prize money.
Wall Hanger won Gregory Poole’s first of the day for Saturday after releasing a blue marlin at 8:14 a.m. worth $5,000. Day 6 ended with 17 blue marlins, 6 white marlin and one sailfish release.
Carolina Girl, a 54’ Hatteras, caught a 51.5-pound dolphin and Ava D was in second with a 35-pound catch. There were only five gamefish weighed Saturday afternoon, all of them dolphin.
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