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A 914-pound blue marlin caught in NC sets a record, earns fishermen almost $800,000

A 914-pound blue marlin was caught at The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, North Carolina. It set the tournament record.
A 914-pound blue marlin was caught at The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, North Carolina. It set the tournament record. Screen grab/Facebook

A 914-pound blue marlin caught at a fishing tournament in North Carolina set a record and earned the fishermen almost $800,000.

The fish was caught at the 61st annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City on Saturday and set the tournament’s all-time record, according to a Facebook post.

The massive catch was reeled in by the team Top Dog, which took home first place and $793,187.50, the tournament said.

It took the two fishermen six hours to reel it in, according to WCTI.

The team won by over 300 pounds, with the second-place catch weighing in at 588.9 pounds, according to the tournament.

The tournament’s record before Saturday was 831 pounds and was set in 2000, WCTI reported.

Fishermen off the coast of Hilton Head, S.C. spotted a giant manta ray swimming near the boat. Chip Michalove, owner of Outcast Sport Fishing, estimated it to be about 16 feet wide.

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