Cat Baby Wins Hatteras Village Offshore Open Marlin Magazine

Cat Baby Wins Hatteras Village Offshore Open

The bite picks up off North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Cat Baby team winners of the 2016 Hatteras Village Offshore Open tournament

Keith Henry's 648.5-pound blue marlin would put Cat Baby in first place.

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Thirty-one boats fished the 2016 Hatteras Village Offshore Open, competing for a total prize purse of $99,875. Cat Baby, captained by John Henry, took first place in the billfish division with 1,297 points, banking $44,401 in tournament cash. Sea Toy finished second with 1,200 points, while third place went to Coverage with 1,000 points.

Hammer Time released the first blue marlin of the tournament but it was Keith Henry aboard Cat Baby who would land the largest blue marlin of the tournament at 648.5 pounds. Sea Toy released two blue marlin on Wednesday for a total of 800 points, and Coverage repeated that performance on Thursday. On Friday, Tuna Duck released a blue and a white for a total of 600 points and Sea Toy added a third blue marlin to their score on Saturday to move into second place with 1,200 points. They also boated a nice 65.11-pound mahimahi to win that category, while Chaser caught the largest wahoo at 31.5 pounds.

black and white image from 2016 Hatteras Village Offshore Open

The boats return to Hatteras Island after a long day of fishing.

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Sunrise and custom carolina boat in Hatteras North Carolina

The fleet gets an early start for the tournament.

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blue marlin release flag

A blue marlin day is a good day. Billfish release flags are still flown in the traditional manner (upside down) in the Outer Banks.

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Sunrise and Carolina boats in Hatteras North Carolina.

It's another beautiful morning in the Outer Banks.

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Carolina Girl heads for the inlet.

Carolina Girl heads for the inlet.

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Nice mahimahi Hatteras outer banks NC

It's a pretty mahimahi for this happy junior angler.

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Molly Whopper unloads at the scales

Molly Whopper unloads their blue marlin at the scales.

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Molly Whopper with a nice blue marlin

Molly Whopper landed a nice blue marlin but were unable to gain any ground on the top three.

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