Viking 62 remains in the lead after four days of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but there’s a new second-place fish.
The EZ Boy, owned and captained by Van Pierce of Trinity, hooked up with a big blue marlin at 12:19 p.m., with angler Eric Kimball in the fighting chair. The fish was boated and made it back to the scales in Morehead City at 5:03, where it weighed 556.3 pounds.
The easily outdistances the Carly A, which dropped to third with a 504.3-pound fish caught on Monday’s first day of competition. It knocked Shenandoah’s 503.6-pound blue, also caught on Monday, out of the top three, but Shenandoah will still cash a check for $365,500 for bringing the first 500-pound fish to the scales.
EZ Boy also took over the outboard motor division of the tournament, bumping Reel Pleasure’s 451.8-pound fish, caught Wednesday, out of the lead.
The field of 149 boats caught 20 billfish on Thursday, nine blue marlin, 10 white marlin and a sailfish. Only EZ Boy’s fish was brought to the scales.
The tournament, which offers a total purse of $1.63 million, ends on Saturday.