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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.



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  • StunGunn Jun 19, 2011

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

  • StunGunn Jun 19, 2011

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    Heh, heh. Good one:)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 19, 2011

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    Another Carolina fan KEEPING IT CLASSY.

    Your post says a lot about you.

  • Ken D. Jun 19, 2011

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

  • pskunk119 Jun 19, 2011

    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, 2011

    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, 2011

    He used Jim Valvano as bait.

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  • redistrumps Jun 19, 2011

    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, 2011

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

  • WufSkins Jun 18, 2011

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

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