Honey Hush Rocks the Big Rock

The biggest blue marlin earns a local team the biggest check

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Honey Hush's tournament-winning 518.5-pound blue marlin.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

It was a long four-day wait for the Honey Hush team. Boating their blue marlin on the second day of the tournament, the team had to wait out 10 other blues at the scales. It literally came down to the wire when Capt. Carl Beale brought the Fender Bender blue marlin in. Weighing in at 514.3 pounds, angler Col. T.J. "Bucket" Dunne's fish became second-place by a scant 4.2 pounds. Now, Honey Hush could breathe. The tournament was over, and they would be declared the winners of the heaviest blue marlin category – to the tune of $753,875.

Team Carterican weighed the third heaviest blue marlin of the tournament, at 500.9 pounds, and the team netted a little over $174,000 in prize money, with an additional $500,000 for the Fabulous Fisherman's prize – the first blue marlin weighed over 500 pounds – with a $5,000 investment at the outset.

In the release division, the 59-foot Spencer Yacht, Wall Hanger, led by Capt. Gary Blount, finished in first with a total of 1,325 points for releasing a total of three blue marlin and one white marlin in their four days of fishing. Beaufort-based Shifting Gears, a 57-foot Sunny Briggs, placed second with 1,200 points as Capt. Alan Scibal jockeyed three blue marlin to the leader. The third-place team – Morehead City's own 61-foot Spencer, Shenandoah - hung onto a second-place lead until day five when Shifting Gears bumped Capt. Alan Willis' team into third with a blue marlin release right before lunch.

Day Four was all about the meat fish. Sarcastic weighed in a hefty 74.4-pound wahoo for first place in that that division, Goombay brought in the winning mahi at an astonishing 71.1 pounds, and the largest tuna weighed in at 19.9 pounds for the team on Reel Country. Each first-place fish paid out $5,000 - plus another $2,000 in daily money - for the heaviest of each category.

The 60th Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament hosted 183 boats, awarded over $2.5 million dollars in prize money, and continues to raise awareness and monetary support for many charities and community projects.

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Team Fender Bender with their last-day blue marlin for second place.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Carterican's 500.9-pound, third-place blue marlin.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Team Carterican celebrates as they see their fish break the 500-pound mark to win them the Fabulous Fisherman's prize money.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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The 183-team representation at the Big Rock captain’s meeting.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Team Wall Hanger earned $200,457 for releasing the most billfish in the 2018 tournament.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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The Big Rock Landing weigh station crew got a workout on the final day of the tournament.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Owner Brian Allen's 59-foot Spencer, Wall Hanger on the troll for first place in the release division.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
yacht on the water at 2018 big rock blue marlin tournament
Beaufort-based Shifting Gears received second-place release honors in the 2018 Big Rock.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
yacht on the water at 2018 big rock blue marlin tournament
Robert Stalling's Shenandoah, returning to port with a Day Two daily that helped them hang on to the third-place release title after their four-and-out tournament.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Shenandoah's Capt. Alan Willis and his son celebrate the daily that kept his team in the money.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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These kids get a bird’s eye view of the crowded gallery while waiting for the next weigh-in.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Angler Gary Teer with his 74.4-pound wahoo for team Sarcastic.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
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Goombay's Capt. Brian Peele found this 71.1-pound mahi for angler Jeff Ross to take top fish in that category.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
team reel country and tuna at 2018 big rock blue marlin tournament
Reel Country's 19.9-pound tuna earns the team over $350 per pound.The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament