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

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 09:52 PM.

Inspiration’s arrival to the scales held more meaning to Wagner besides just a possible heavy check.

Wagner, a past president of the Big Rock, was the husband of the late Kelly Wagner, who died from cancer in 2008. The Keli Wagner Lady Angler tournament that precedes the main Big Rock competition is named after her.

“We named the boat after Keli. The Inspiration is after her,” Wagner said. “We love being out there representing Keli and know she’s looking down on us right now.”

Simply, Wagner and his crew had plenty of reasons to be happy Monday.

The same held true for the crew aboard Eye Catcher, which brought in the tournament’s first marlin. The 606.9 pounder was the tournament’s biggest marlin in three years until Inspiration showed up.

“This is one of the bigger ones we’ve ever caught and we’ve been at this for 20-something years,” captain Burrows Smith said. “It’s pretty neat to finally get one and get one that quick.”

Just how quick?

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