Flybuoy leads after first day of Big Rock
Big blue marlin is nine ounces short of huge bonus
Flybuoy, captained by Robert Hollingsworth, brought to the scales a 499.3-pound blue marlin, which leads the tournament. Unfortunately for the crew of Flybuoy, the tournament pays $246,500 for the first 500-pound billfish brought to the scales.
Todd Baxley was on the road when the big marlin struck on Monday, which boats released 19 blue marlin, eight white marlin and three sailfish. Another South Carolina boat, Capt. Bobby Garmany’s Bench Mark out of Greenwood, released a “grand slam” – a blue marlin, a white marlin and a sailfish.
A third boat from South Carolina captured a daily $2,000 prize for the first billfish release, a blue marlin hooked and released 21 minutes into competition time.
John Elmo of Cary, fishing aboard Impulse, took the wahoo lead with a 53.1-pound fish. Carl Ulm of Mount Pleasant, S.C., fishing aboard South Carolina-based Jabez, leads the dolphin category with a 29.2-pound fish.
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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
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“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
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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
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“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
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“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
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