Flybuoy holds on to win Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with opening-day marlin
|Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament|
Flybuoy, a boat out of Charleston, S.C., won the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with this 499.3-pound blue marlin caught on the first of six competition days.
Flybuoy’s 499.3-pound marlin, caught last Monday, wound up as the biggest billfish brought to the scales and took home $494,710 – but it was just a whisker away from a bonus of almost $250,000, had it weighed 500 pounds.
The winning boat is owned by Gary Davis and captained by Robert Hollingsworth of Charleston, S.C. Angler Todd Baxley was on the rod for the winning fish.
Capt. Casey Wagner of Morehead City and angler Terry Clark of Beaufort took second aboard Inspiration with a 437.7-pound blue marlin that was good for 212,640.
Capt. Rom Whitaker of the Hatteras-based Release won, fittingly, the release category, catching and releasing two blue marlin on the final day to win his second-consecutive title in that category. Release had 1,700 points for six white marlin releases and three blue marlin releases. Release also won two daily release awards, and Whitaker took home a check for $59,427.
Capt. Thomas Wood’s Dancin’ Outlaw of Morehead City was second in the release category with 1,200 points for three blue marlin releases, worth $34,564. Capt. Freddie Brittington’s Double 07 also finished with 1,200 points for three blue marlin releases but finished third and won $28,500.
Can Doo II, captained by Sid Gold of Stewart, Fla., won the dolphin division with a 41.3-pound fish worth $4,675.
John Elmo of Cary caught the tournament’s biggest wahoo aboard Impulse, a 53.1-pound fish worth $5,743. The biggest tuna, a 56.8-pound yellowfin landed aboard Sensation by Walt Hooks of Wilson, was worth $34,000.
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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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“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.”
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