banner
North Carolina

Former UNC basketball player gets Big Rock win

Posted June 18, 2011

Former UNC basketball player Travis Stephenson's 652.8 pound blue marlin caught on the first day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament was enough to give him the Big Rock title.

Stephenson's catch hit the line just after noon Tuesday. In a little over an hour the crew of the boat Double B had the fish on board. "It was a text book catch," Stephenson told WRAL.

Stephenson's crew takes home $524,375 in prize money for first place.  Second place went to Blue Water and angler Jeffrey Gregg for his 580.6 pound catch. Angler Kevin Travis and his team Sushi took third with a 467.4 pound blue marlin. Second place earned $191,050 and third gets $126,700.

Last year the boat Citation caught a whopping 883 pound marlin and would have won the tournament. But one of the crewmen didn't have a tournament required fishing license so they were disqualified and lost $890,000.

Does Stephenson have his fishing license? "Oh yeah, I have it! " he quickly replied. "We wouldn't let anyone on board (Monday) morning without visual proof."

Stephenson's only day to fish in the Big Rock was Monday. He had to get back to work on Tuesday as the vice-president of retail sales for Flanders Corporation.

The former Clayton Comet star already has a national championship ring he earned as a senior playing basketball at North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat Michigan to win the 1993 national championship.

15 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • StunGunn Jun 19, 7:41 p.m.

    Does this mean Tar Heel fans have to stop ragging on State for bass fishing?

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Hell no, Ken:) Besides, we still have egg tossing to rib them about.

  • StunGunn Jun 19, 7:39 p.m.

    Hey, Truth...get some of your wulf players involved in this fishing thing. I'm betting they are... View More

    — Posted by forautumn

    I don't fish, but it sounds like this guy is a "master" baiter!

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Heh, heh. Good one:)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 19, 6:22 p.m.

    Heels do it again!!! Good catch!!!

    — Posted by 45HEELSFAN45

    But the question everybody wants answered is...... did he CHEAT? ;)

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    He used Jim Valvano as bait.

    — Posted by Krzyzewskiectomy

    Another Carolina fan KEEPING IT CLASSY.

    Your post says a lot about you.

  • Ken D. Jun 19, 9:19 a.m.

    Does this mean Tar Heel fans have to stop ragging on State for bass fishing?

  • pskunk119 Jun 19, 7:01 a.m.

    Half a Mill for the win? Even Robert Quinn and Teets Austin would call that chump change when they played for UNC.

  • robmartin Jun 19, 2:06 a.m.

    Way to go T-Bone! This is one Pack Fan that says "you done good, son!" Keep wettin' them lines! --KIDFRESH ROB

  • Krzyzewskiectomy Jun 19, 1:08 a.m.

    He used Jim Valvano as bait.

    Heels do it again!!! Good catch!!!

    — Posted by 45HEELSFAN45

    But the question everybody wants answered is...... did he CHEAT? ;)

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

  • redistrumps Jun 19, 12:06 a.m.

    Although I am still having a hard time with UNCers fishing (what with all the smack talk about NCState bass fishing championships and all) I did say on these blogs Monday I thought his catch would win and it did stand up all week, so congrats to him. I just cant imagine all that money for throwing a line in some water....just saying....

  • tarprint1 Jun 18, 8:51 p.m.

    Whatever the case mooers. He's a half million richer today !

  • WufSkins Jun 18, 7:50 p.m.

    So do they make boat shoes in a penny loafer? I thought the redneck sports were just for State grads?

More...

 

 

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Teams TBD

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Falcons

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Oakland at Denver

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Cincinnati

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Devils

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. Rice

    Wednesday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
DEN
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
FAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
JST
NCCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
DEN
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
POR
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
UTA
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
ATL
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
SAC
4th
MEM 44
BYU 45
 
Final
BRAD 54
ARKLR 64
 
Final
CCST 55
BRO 67
 
Final
NW 63
ILLCH 46
Final
FSU 63
STET 59
 
Final
GWU 77
OHIO 49
Final
KNST 65
ELON 67
 
Final
ARKPB 70
SUTAH 61
 
2nd
PSU 64
DART 44
 
2nd
UCI 48
UWGB 43
 
Half
COL 36
DEP 33
 
1st
PORT 33
L 18
 
1st
ABCHRIST 4
SCST 6
 
6:00pm Tonight
PURD
GWEBB
 
6:00pm Tonight
NKENTUCKY
IDAHO
 
6:00pm Tonight
FORD
MAN
6:00pm Tonight
OSU
UMO
6:00pm Tonight
MSU
CITA
6:00pm Tonight
GSOUT
TRUETT
 
7:00pm Tonight
WMICH
ALAAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
MNTER
BING
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAKE
BUCK
 
7:00pm Tonight
SYR
COL
 
7:00pm Tonight
RMU
DEL
 
7:00pm Tonight
VCU
ETST
7:00pm Tonight
FATL
EKENT
7:00pm Tonight
GTDNS
FAIR
 
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
FAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
ILLST
MAST
 
7:00pm Tonight
TEMPL
KU
7:00pm Tonight
PRIN
LIB
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNH
LIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
BONA
MDES
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
MERC
7:00pm Tonight
JMU
NORST
 
7:00pm Tonight
ALCOR
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
ND
NILL
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
OU
7:00pm Tonight
UCF
SELA
 
7:00pm Tonight
NAVY
TOWS
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUT
TENNM
7:00pm Tonight
VT
VMI
7:00pm Tonight
ODU
WMARY
7:05pm Tonight
IND
NO
 
7:30pm Tonight
UCONN
CLMB
7:30pm Tonight
STJ
LBSU
7:30pm Tonight
WVU
WOFF
8:00pm Tonight
MCNST
CMICH
 
8:00pm Tonight
COLST
CSOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SIUE
CHIST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MICH
COPST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MINN
FUR
8:00pm Tonight
TCU
GRAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
TULSA
INCWORD
 
8:00pm Tonight
TTU
LOYC
8:00pm Tonight
JST
NCCU
 
8:00pm Tonight
IOWA
UNF
 
8:00pm Tonight
VANDY
PENN
8:00pm Tonight
LAM
RICE
 
8:00pm Tonight
MISS
SEMIZ
8:00pm Tonight
BAY
SOUTH
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHAT
UAB
8:00pm Tonight
OKLA
WEBER
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
MURST
 
8:05pm Tonight
MIZST
ORU
 
8:05pm Tonight
DRAK
SIMPSON
 
8:05pm Tonight
UMKC
TENT
 
9:00pm Tonight
LSU
COC
9:00pm Tonight
AFA
JVST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
KSU
 
9:00pm Tonight
PROV
MIAMI
9:00pm Tonight
ARK
UWMIL
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
NDAK
9:00pm Tonight
GAELS
NE
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NNM
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
UCD
 
9:00pm Tonight
OREG
UCSB
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
WISC
9:05pm Tonight
EWASH
LCST
 
9:05pm Tonight
PORST
WALLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
NEV
MARS
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
TAMCC
 
10:30pm Tonight
HOU
BSU
11:00pm Tonight
WICHS
LMU
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
TULA
11:00pm Tonight
SDST
UCR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
NAS
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
OTT
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
PIT
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
ARI
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
CAL
8:30pm Tonight
CIN
DEN