A day after taking the first blue marlin to the scales, local charter boat Run-Off maintained the lead 59th Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament being held June 12-17 out of Morehead City.
Seventeen blue marlin were released Tuesday, the last two by Reel Affair and Fender Bender just after fishing ended at 3 p.m. No team boated a blue marlin to weigh. Eleven white marlin and three sailfish also were released. Teams earn points for the billfish releases.
In gamefish divisions, Doc Fees leads with a 97.7-pound wahoo, and Islander has a 69.1-pound dolphin. No boat has weighed in a tuna.
Run-Off leads with a 533.8-pound blue marlin that earned the $467,500 Fabulous Fisherman’s prize for first 500-pounder. Weldor’s Ark of Greenville held second at 484.9 pounds, and White Caps of Wilson was in third at 417.7.
The 177 teams, which may fish four of the event’s six days, are competing for shares of a record $2,411,650 purse. Follow the action at www.thebigrock.com.