Fishing

Hatteras Fever II hangs on to claim Big Rock title

Posted June 15, 2013

— Thirty blue marlins were released on the final day of the 55th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but there were not any landed that measured up to Wednesday’s catch by Hatteras Fever II, assuring Raleigh angler Taylor Miller the $474,050 prize.

Hatteras Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper of Buxton, NC, pulled into dock Wednesday with the lead-changing 465.3-pounder that stood as the event’s winner. The only other qualifying marlin landed and weighed during the six-day event was a 423.8-pounder by Sensation on the first day. That catch will net captain Dale Britt and crew $206,950.

A third marlin was boated, but did not meet the tournament minimum measurements.

According to the tournament’s website, www.thebigrock.com, 19 of the past 20 winners have been bigger than the 465.3-pound top catch this year.

The tournament’s final day was not without drama. Of the 100 registered boats, 99 went out on the calm waters off of Morehead City. In addition to the 30 blue marlin releases, there were 19 white marlin releases and four sailfish.

In the billfish release division, Sea Toy earned $37,312 by releasing two blue marlin, three white marlin and two sailfish (worth a division-best 1,425 points).

This year’s total purse was set at $1,154,625. No boat earned the $255,250 bonus for docking a 500-pound marlin.

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  • Tunaboy Jun 17, 8:04 a.m.

    I've fished the Gulf Stream with a lot of charter captains and none match the intensity and desire to catch fish of Buddy Hooper. He wants to bring in the best catch every time he goes out and he often does. When he doesn't it's not for lack of effort.

  • el conquistador Jun 15, 11:40 p.m.

    I've been fortunate enough to fish with Capt Hooper on multiple occasions.This guys a North Caolina native and one of the most respected charter captains on the east coast. A world class fisherman , Buddy Hooper grew up in Buxton and fishes out of Hatteras. He's captained charters that fished this tournament multiple times.and it was only a matter of time until he put one on the dock that could contend. Don't be surprised if you don't see an interview or picture of this legendary charter boat captain. And also, don't be surprised to see that bright Red 54'Ricky Scarborough Sportfisher back into the docks at Morhead and offload another monster one day in a future Big Rock Tourney.Way to go Hatteras Fever II!!!

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jun 15, 10:53 p.m.

    Thought the winner would have been a 500 pounder.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
 
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
 
2nd
SAC 48
MIL 49
 
1st
GSW 9
OKC 19
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
 
2nd
EVAN 69
OHIO 69
 
Half
CSFU 30
CSDH 17
 
Half
ORST 48
DEP 28
 
Half
PAC 35
NEV 17
 
Half
USF 46
PORST 22
 
Half
IDAHO 49
WALLA 18
 
1st
UTST 15
CALST 16
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
 
1st
SJS 0
EDM 0
 
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
4th
JAC 21
TEN 10