BIG ROCK: ‘Game Time’ wins Big Rock tournament; ‘Pipe Down’ closes out tournament with 425.1 lbs fish

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – ‘Game Time’ is this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament winner after four boats on the final day failed to crack the top 3.

‘Pipe Down’ was greeted by a hero’s welcome at Big Rock Landing as the 4th and final fish to be weighed at this year’s tournament.

The blue marlin came in at 425.1 lbs just short of the 3rd place fish brought in by ‘Builder’s Choice’ at 431.8 pounds.

‘Game Time’ takes home $1.8 million for their 1st place 516 lbs catch that they reeled in on Monday.

The third blue marlin to be weighed Saturday, this one from ‘Full Cry,’ did not qualify at 320 lbs.

‘A-Salt-Weapon’ brought in the second blue marlin of the day that didn’t qualify at 387.6 lbs.

‘Wasabi’ was the first in of the day and brought in a blue marlin that also did not meet the tournament minimum of 400 lbs.

On Friday, 14 blue marlins and 3 white marlins were released and 115 out of the 302 boats fished.

Boats can only fish for four of the six days of the tournament and 186 boats chose to stay put today.

The National Weather Service said boaters were facing 3 to 5-foot waves and winds blowing from the North East at 5 to 15 mph, along with the chance of showers and isolated storms today.

Thursday was the third day in a row that no marlins were caught, and the standings haven’t changed since Monday.

In second place is ‘Release’ with their 504-pound catch, also on Monday. That catch being the first over 500 pounds, won over $1.7 million in the Fabulous Fisherman category.

Builder’s Choice held on to snag the 3rd place spot with their 431.8 lbs catch.

Both 2nd and 3rd place are leaving Big Rock with over $1 million in prize money for their positioning.

This is the 66th year for Big Rock, which lasts until Saturday.

For daily updates on each team and each catch, click here.