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

Andreas Toy found no bait yesterday morning, and the striper bite was tough, but Ciro and his family still got into some action.

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.

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