A lot of fish, a lot of Inspiration on Big Rock's first day

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Casey Wagner, captain of the boat Inspiration, sprays champagne on his 754.3-pound blue marlin Monday at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament in Morehead City. The fish is in first place of the million-dollar tournament that runs through Saturday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 09:52 PM.

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MOREHEAD CITY – Cork was popping, champagne was flowing and smiles were visible.

The crew aboard the Inspiration of Morehead City was certainly happy after they brought in a 754.3-pound blue marlin Monday during the first day of the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament.

“I’ve been fishing this thing for 40 years and that fish is just a fish of a lifetime,” captain and owner Casey Wagner said. “I think every day you go out and hope (for a big fish) because you never know what’s going to happen out there. It’s a big ocean and you never know when you are going to get lucky.”

Inspiration’s catch was the third of three marlin brought to the Morehead City scales during the opening day of the most prestigious blue water fishing tournament along the East Coast.

The Wrightsville Beach-based Eye Catcher boated a 606.9-pound big blue earlier in the afternoon while the Cape Carteret-based Carnivore – the 2010 Big Rock winner – brought in a 410.7 pounder before Inspiration’s arrival.

Inspiration is in a position to win $306,137 from the Big Rock’s $1,395,825 tournament purse. Wagner didn’t enter all levels of the competition and was not eligible to earn the $306,000 prize for being the first to bring in a marlin that weighed at least 500 pounds.

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