The bite was back on Wednesday for the 57th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament off Morehead City, but releases and thrown hooks were the story of the day. Except for the Reel Pleasure.
The outboard that lost one of its engines had a tow vessel escort, but it reached port for an evening celebration. Captain Jeff Kinyo of Raleigh and the OBX Boatworks 3321’s crew were rewarded for a long day and a 3-1/2-hour fight when their blue marlin weighed in at 451.8 pounds to take first place in the new outboard category.
The Viking 62 out of New Jersey maintained the lead with a 680-pound blue marlin caught Monday, when four of the big fish were weighed in.
Three days remain in the six-day chase for a $1.63 million prize. Follow the fishing at www.thebigrock.com or on Twitter at @bigrockfishing.
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More marlin: Angler Stephanie Avent of Fuquay-Varina helped Run Off top a record field of 96 boats to win the 18th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament Saturday at Morehead City.
Avent fought and released a blue marlin, and Julia Simpson of Morehead City boated a 22.9-pound dolphin that broke an eight-way tie at 400 points in the event, a kickoff event for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
The vessel Ashley Lauren was second, and Carnivor was third.
Run Off won $10,200 from a record $60,668 purse, and the event donated $25,000 to charities.
The Winner Take All dolphin category went to the We III, with captain Preston Lea of Raleigh, with a 34.1-pound catch.
Find results at www.thebigrock.com.
Banquet: Bass fishing luminaries Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston headline Ridgecrest Baptist Church’s Sportsman’s Banquet on Aug. 1 in Durham.
A vendor tent will open at 4 p.m., and doors will open at 6, organizer Rod King said. Tickets cost $20, and group discounts are available. Call 919-477-5426.
Champions: The Bunn Level duo of Ed Wentland and John Thibodeaux made four bass count, weighing in 20.43 pounds to win the Cashion Fishing Rods Spring Team Bass Mini Trail Championship on Saturday at Shearon Harris Reservoir’s Cross Point Landing.
Their big fish weighed 7.15 pounds, organizer Phil McCarson reported.
The father-son duo of Carl and Justin Johnson of Apex finished second with five bass weighing 20.20 pounds.
The Piedmont Bass Classics $10,000 Spring Team Bass Trail Championship, limited to qualified teams, will be held this coming Saturday at Falls Lake’s Ledge Rock ramp. Spectators are welcome at the 3 p.m. weigh-in.
Learn more at www.piedmontbassclassics.com.
Deer forums: A series of public forums on deer management continues over the next two weeks. At the 7-9 p.m. sessions, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will provide information and seek feedback: June 11, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount; June 16, Craven Community College, New Bern; June 17, Swain Auditorium, Edenton; June 18, Bladen Community College, Bladenboro; June 23, Haywood Community College, Clyde; June 24, Municipal Auditorium, Morganton; June 25, Elkin High School.
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