MOREHEAD CITY, NC - A 16-year-old is the latest to reel in a huge blue marlin at the Big Rock Fishing Tournament in Morehead City.
According to a post on the tournament’s Facebook page, E.J. Nettles is believed to be the first junior angler to ever weigh in a blue marlin at the Big Rock Tournament. The massive fish tipped the scale at a whopping 400.4 pounds. To be eligible for the tournament, blue marlins must weigh a minimum of 400 pounds.
Nettles was fishing on the boat "Rare Breed," from South Carolina.
"Rare Breed" is now in third place, behind "Game Changer" in second place and "Honey Hush" in first.
Two blue marlin were hauled in on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
The first boated blue marlin came in on the "Game Changer" and weighed in at 409.2 pounds.
Robert Gorell, on the "Honey Hush," reeled in the first blue marlin weighing more than 500 pounds.
The fish weighed in at 518.2 pounds, putting "Honey Hush" in first place.
"Honey Hush" did not enter the $500,000 contest for 500-pound plus fish.
According to the tournament website, 132 boats went out on the water Tuesday.
You can get up-to-the-minute updates on hookups here.
Organizers said 183 boats are registered for this year's tournament.
It is the 60th annual tournament.
The first tournament began with a few fishermen who put some money together and went fishing.
Now, it draws large crowds every year and supports non-profit organizations in Pitt County.
One of the tournament founders, Bob Simpson, passed away in March.
He will be honored this week.
"It was very sad for our whole community to lose him," said Crystal Hesmer tournament director. "But as we celebrate the 60th, we reflect on those that did start the tournament and look forward to what it will become."
The purse is an estimated $2.5 million.