Lightning hits boat on 2nd day of Big Rock marlin event - WRBL

Lightning hits boat on 2nd day of Big Rock marlin event

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -

The 56th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament continued Tuesday in Morehead City with day two of the event.

There were 73 boats out fishing Tuesday, while 47 are taking a lay day. Boats are only required to fish four of the six days of the tournament.

For the day, there were 10 blue marlins released and 20 white marlins released.

Problems plagued two boats taking part in the tournament. Someone broke their ankle today aboard the Susie Q. Meanwhile, the Magic Moment was struck by lightning early in the morning. The good news is no one was hurt on the boat.

Monday ended with a more than 700 lb. haul being brought in to the weigh station.

The crew of the Inspiration landed the 754.3 Blue Marlin, which trumped the first Marlin brought in early in the day.

Angler Randy Kelley and Captain Burrows Smith brought in a 606.9 pound Marlin on the boat Eye Catcher. The Eye Catcher is from Wrightsville Beach. That fish weighed 142 pounds more than last year's winner.

Then, later in the day, the Carnivore crew, which won the tournament in 2010, brought in a 410.7 lbs. haul.

Captain Ed Petrilli says it was close call.

"It was a tough call, a really tough call on the first day," said Petrilli " We were relieved because we knew it was going to be real real tight. The calculations had it somewhere around 400. It could have gone either way four pounds.'

"We prayed all the way here this fish would weigh 400 pounds. We just wanted 400 and then it ended up being 410. We had a good day," said Angler Brandon Bass.

Captain Casey Wagner of the Inspiration has been fishing Big Rock for 40 years. He says Monday's catch was a dream fish.

"It’s pretty awesome to be in the lead the first day of the Big Rock tournament. I’ve been fishing this thing for 40 years and that fish is just a fish of lifetime really,” said Wagner.

The crew popped champagne on the big catch to celebrate the big catch and the tournament lead.

Angler on The Inspiration, Bruce Brown says Monday's catch was a great way to start the tournament.

"You don’t expect do well right out of the gate, nobody does. You just want to be there and finish the job when it happens. We were very fortunate to do that. It was team effort," said Brown

Last year's winner was Hatteras Fever, which reeled in a 465 pound Blue Marlin.

Thousands of people from across the nation are on hand for the big week in eastern North Carolina. There are nearly 120 boats registered in the tournament and there is more than $1.3 million at stake.

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