Capt. Rom Whitaker on Release was feeling pretty good as he rolled up to the scale on Day One of the Hatteras Village Offshore Open with a 404.1-pound blue marlin on deck. The fish had not been off the scale for more than a few minutes when Sea Toy's Capt. Bull Tolson gingerly maneuvered his fish to the weigh station, knocking out Whitaker in the heaviest blue marlin division. At 690.4 pounds, Sea Toy took the lead with his blue marlin and would remain at the top of the big fish category for the rest of the tournament. Tolson added to his score in the two billfish divisions – released and/or boated – with another blue marlin release on time, netting his team close to $36,000 of the $72,420 purse.