Last week’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, N.C. got off to a great start as 266 boats competed for a record purse of $5,858,375. Mercenaria, a 72-foot Viking from Virginia, boated a 572.6-pound blue marlin the first day that held on to win $3,489,813. Not far behind were Wall Banger at 556.4 and High Yield at 536.8.
Most interesting was the winner-take-all for the largest dolphin, a 54.1-pounder that earned $527,000 for Carolina Time. Speculator boated a 104.7-pound wahoo, and Desperado led in tuna at 131.2 pounds
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported 2-6-pound blues were jigged today over scattered bottom readings. Ava 27 jigs with or without tails worked along with teasers.
The forecast is for northeast winds at just 5-10 knots before going southeast in the afternoon. Morning fog is likely.