Fishermen brought four blue marlin to the Morehead City dock’s scales on Monday, the first day of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and at the end fishing, a 680-pound billfish was leading the way.
The Viking 62, captained by Brian Komer, brought the 680-pound blue marlin to the scales after hooking up at 9:18 a.m. to take the lead. Three other fish came to the scales in the hunt for the lion’s share of the $1.63 million purse.
Shenandoah, captained by Alan Willis, came in shortly after 5:00 p.m. with a 503.6-pound catch, third best of the day, but worth $365,500 in the Level VII Fabulous Fisherman contest, being the first to come in with a fish weighing 500 pounds or more. Viking 62 did not enter that portion of the tournament.
Capt. Will Ross of the Carly A brought to the scales a 504.3-pound blue marlin at 6:04 p.m. to take second place.
The fourth blue caught belonged to Capt. Gregg Middleton’s Callie Girl, a 481.2-pound fish weighed in at 2:34 p.m.
The field of 149 boats caught 14 blue marlin, 10 white marlin and a sailfish on Monday.