BIG ROCK DAY 2: ‘Builder’s Choice’ boats blue marlin, 3pm ETA

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – ‘Builder’s Choice’ has boated the first blue marlin on this the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The boat is expected back into Big Rock Landing around 3:00 p.m. to be weighed in.

There are 271 of the 302 boats fishing off the coast today.

On Monday, the first blue marlin of the tournament was hooked by the boat ‘Release’ at 10:24 am. ‘Release’ arrived at Big Rock Landing around 2:45 p.m., with the marlin weighing in at 504 pounds.

This catch, being over 500 pounds, won over $1.7 million in the Fabulous Fisherman category.

Around 2:25 p.m., ‘Game Time’ also boated a marlin, arriving at Big Rock landing around 4:20 p.m.

The marlin weighed in at a staggering 516 pounds, taking first place for the day and if their lead holds until Saturday they will take home more than $1.8 million.

This is the 66th annual tournament, which lasts until Saturday.

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