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.