Big Rock Tournament Won By Record Size Marlin
The 61st Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament last weekend was won by a Blue Marlin, weighing a tournament-record 914-pounder to take first place and a check for $793,000.
The Top Dog is based in Ocean City, won the 61st Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, North Carolina last week by bringing in a 914-pound blue marlin to take the tournament’s top prize. The Top Dog, captained by Ryan Knapp, fought the big blue for over five hours with angler and boat co-owner Todd Dickerson.
Once the Marlin was landed, the task was getting the massive fish on deck and back to the scale to weigh . After several attempts to boat the 914-pounder, the crew pulled the Marlin through the tuna door in the transom and came to the dock with the fish hanging out of the boat due to its size.
As the large crowd waited at the weigh in are, Top Dog was returning with what would be the winning fish that could erase the tournament record catch. The 914-pound blue set a new Big Rock record, replacing the 831-pounder that held the honor for nearly 20 years.