Wet-n-Wild grabs third in Big Rock with 460-pound blue marlin
Billfish Tournament ends Saturday
|BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT|
This 460-pound blue marlin put Wet-N-Wild into third place with one day remaining in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Ross and crew took over third place in the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when they arrived at the scales Friday afternoon with a 460-pound marlin reeled in by Joseph Engleby of Nazareth, Pa. Ross, who grew up in the Big Rock’s backyard, always dreamed of fishing in this event. Now he has the Wet-N-Wild team in position to win $144,380.
"We were trolling along and (the blue marlin) piled in on the right long rigger,” said Ross. “It swung around and ‘greyhounded’ three times behind the boat, took of about 200 yards of line and carried me down to my backing (on the reel.) It sounded and we backed down on it ... and in 45 minutes we had it in the boat.”
Ross praised Engleby who – in turn – praised Wet-N-Wild mate Curtis Morris for bringing the fish to gaff.
“He kept telling me what to do,” Engleby said. “It was great. It feels real good right now.”
The Wet-N-Wild also took over the lead in the tuna division with a 62.8-pounder reeled in by Lyn Moore of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. This catch would be worth an additional $6,077 for the Wet-N-Wild team if it stays in the lead one more day.
Citation, captained by Eric Holmes of Buxton, continues to exert a firm hold on first place in the blue marlin division with the tournament-record 883-pounder caught Monday. The Citation crew received a $318,750 check for catching the first blue marlin weighing more than 500 pounds and will receive $912,825 from the tournament’s $1.66 million purse if they hold on to win.
Second place in the blue marlin division is held by Carnivore, which landed a 528.3-pounder Wednesday. The Carnivore, captained by Ed Petrilli of Cape Carteret, would be in position to receive $217,570 if it finishes in the runner-up spot.
The Miss Judy, captained by Lacy Henry of Atlantic Beach, still holds the billfish release division lead with two blue marlin releases Tuesday. The Miss Judy crew elected to fish Friday but did not in add to their lead. They have now fished four days and must wait at the docks to see if their lead stands up one more day.
The Sweet Deal, captained by Oliver Burwell of John's Island, S.C., took over second place in the billfish release division with two blue marlin releases Friday. The Sweet Deal has one more day to fish and needs another billfish release to take over the top spot.
Sea Creature, captained by Steve “Creature” Coulter of Hatteras, has held the lead in the winner-take-all dolphin division since Monday. Sea Creature angler John Manousaridis of Atlantic Beach reeled in a 52.4-pounder that’s currently worth $103,990.42.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
North Carolina Sportsman is the complete hunting and fishing magazine for North Carolina.
Devoted to hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in the wetlands,
North Carolina Sportsman is the information guide for North Carolina's most active hunters and fishermen.
No one, including Howell really thought he had a shot.
“I didn’t expect to have the chance to win after the first day, and especially after yesterday,” Howell said.
But he whacked the bass today, putting 29 pounds, 2 ounces on the scales to seal the 2014 Bassmaster Classic championship and pocketing the $300,000 first-place prize.">Howell changes fishing area, claims 2014 Bassmaster Classic
Posted on February 23 at 8:45 pm by
“I went to cranking rocks this afternoon,” Cherry said.
That strategy yielded quick results, and the Bassmaster Elite Series pro built a 17-pound, 7 ounce stringer.
But it wasn’t enough to make the cut: Cherry wrapped up the tournament in 27th place, only two places out of the cut.">Cherry improves weight, misses Bassmaster Classic cut
Posted on February 22 at 8:47 pm by
Emcee Dave Mercer announced Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to claim the lead, and that’s exactly what the scales read.
The stringer brought Ever’s two-day weight to 47 pounds, 6 ounces.">Evers edges out Tharp for Day 2 lead in Bassmaster Classic
Posted on February 22 at 8:12 pm by
“The fish are in some places I haven’t seen them in five to seven years,” the Florida pro said. “Every time I fish a tournament here this time of year, I make a point to check these places — and the fish haven’t been there in years.”">Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic
Posted on February 21 at 8:45 pm by
“I had one pretty good day, and then I had two not-so-good ones,” Cherry said after leaving the weigh-in stage. “But after Wednesday I thought I was going to kill it;it was that good.”
Unfortunately, he was thrown a curve ball when a severe storm system rolled through the area and dumped inches of rain and kicked up high winds — a combination that turned all of Cherry’s spots to mud pits.">Cherry has tough day on Bassmaster Classic’s first day
Posted on February 21 at 7:28 pm by
|Reports / Forum|
March 03 at 4:51 pm | 259 Views
March 03 at 8:00 pm | 196 Views