History was made Saturday night in the 61st annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when the Top Dog weighed in the biggest blue marlin ever with a 914-pounder.
The crew of the 60-foot BC out of Fenwick Island, S.C., owned by Todd Dickerson of Ocean City, Md., and captained by Ryan Knapp, weighed in the monster at 8:20 p.m. and is in position to win $793,187 from the tournament’s record $2.86 million purse.
Wolverine of Port Huron, Mich., was in the top spot in the tournament with a 588.9-pounder reeled in by Cory Zieger, also of Port Huron. The 60-foot Winter, captained by Rocky Hardison of Beaufort, is now in second place.
Triple S showed up at the weigh station at 2 p.m. with a 429.3-pound fish, while Double B arrived at 5:15 p.m. with a 497.6-pounder.
The tournament is not over yet. The Wallhanger is headed to the docks to weigh in the last fish of the event at 10 p.m.
All prizes and winnings are not official until the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Due to the high stakes of the tournament, boats on the leaderboard are subject to polygraph tests to confirm all rules were followed.
See the Wednesday issue for all official results of the tournament.