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

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

Randy Kelley, a 1989 graduate of Jacksonville High School, hooked the fish just 10 minutes into the tournament, and he needed about 45 minutes to reel it in.

“We had some good (luck) or something going on,” Smith said. “We actually did the same thing in Wrightsville Beach in about the same area and we hooked that one up in about 10 minutes and released it. I kind of hated to quit today so early, but we figured we would come in.”

Carnivore later brought in its 410.7-pounder. Under Big Rock rules, marlin have to be at least 110 inches long or 400 pounds to qualify, meaning Carnivore captain Ed Petrilli had to make a tough call. Anything below 400 pounds and his boat would have faced a penalty had it brought another fish to the scales.

“We took measurements and it was pretty tough where we were and so it was tough to get a real solid measurement on it,” Petrilli said. “But the fish was pretty fat and we felt like it was going to be real close. As it turns out, it was OK.”

Fishing in the tournament continues through Saturday, with daily weigh-ins at the Morehead City Waterfront.

Chris Miller is a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News.



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