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Hatteras Fever II wins the Big Rock

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The Hatteras Fever II held on for the win Saturday at the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with a blue that weighed 465.3 pounds.

They held their lead  for three days as Taylor Miller brought in the big blue off the Hatteras Fever II, which is out of Buxton, North Carolina. Buddy Hooper is the boat captain.

99 of the 100 boats went out Saturday and no one brought back any Blue Marlins to the weigh station. Over 50 blues, whites and sailfish were caught and released but none were of size.

The Sensation catch at 423.8 pounds falls to second place in the competition.

Read more at the official Big Rock website.

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It's day two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
And weather kept a lot of the boats in the harbor Tuesday.

Out of the 100 boats registered in the tournament, only 10 went fishing. Some of the competitors told 9 On Your Side it was too windy and the water wass choppy, so they decided to sit this one out.

Monday was a great day for fishing though, particularly for the junior anglers. 98 boats went fishing, and one of those boats, Job Site, had two junior anglers come back with a big one.

9-year-old Drew Yates caught a 30-pound dolphin fish that was almost as big as he is. It's his first year competing in the Big Rock tournament, but he's been fishing since he was 5 years old.

"It's fun, you always get to have a good time catching fish, letting them go, having good dinner to eat after you fish one day, so," said Drew Yates, who caught a 30 pound dolphin fish.

One of drew's teammates, 11-year-old William Farrior, is leading the junior anglers with a 55 or 60 pound White Marlin he caught.

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A 423.8-pounder reeled in by Sensation angler Trey Siner of Concord, N.C. gave his team the early lead Monday in the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Siner and Sensation captain Dale Britt, Morehead City, battled the fish for nearly two hours.

"We measured it in the water and the measurement in the water did not compare to the measurement on the boat … so I was concerned," Britt said at the Big Rock weigh station. "The fish came up tail wrapped. We fought it for a long time and, unfortunately, the fish died. We hoped it would make the weight because it did not make the length. Thank the good Lord it did."

"To catch a blue marlin like this … in the Big Rock … that's a bucket list thing, right there," Siner said. "It's early in the week, and a lot can happen. But right now I feel real good. It's a great feeling."

Sensation is entered in all levels and currently in line to win $494,710 from the $1,154,625 purse.

Read more at the official Big Rock website.

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The folks at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Carteret County said there are fewer competitors this year because the weather scared them away.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is one of the most popular fishing tournaments on the east coast. But this year there are fewer people competing, because of bad weather.

Organizers say anglers from Charleston, South Carolina and other places called to cancel because they were too afraid to drive their boat up to North Carolina during the storm.

This year there are only 98 boats fishing in the tournament. Last year there were 120 and the year before that there were 135.

The number of competitors is directly related to the prize money available for the winners.

This year there's $100,000 less in prize money compared to last year, only $1.1 million, which organizers said could also affect charities like the broad street clinic that benefit from the tournament.

"It does impact us because as the money goes down, our needs go up. We see approximately six new patients per week," said Edie Reed, Broad Street Clinic Executive Director.

The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority said the Big Rock Tournament has a $5 million impact on Carteret County.

But they said even though there are fewer competitors shopping and staying at hotels this year, the tournament will still have a strong economic impact.

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