Big Rock anglers hoping for a little luck

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A large crowd watches as a blue marlin is pulled off the boat Hatteras Fever II during last year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City. The 465.3-pound fish took first place in the tournament.

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Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 05:31 PM.

Dale Britt says there is one important factor that goes into catching a blue marlin.

“Luck,” he said. “It really is. You just have to be in the right place at the right time when there’s a hungry fish, and that’s what it boils down to. You get around them sometimes and they’re just not interested in the baits.”

Britt, who captains the boat Sensation out of Morehead City, plans on fishing in the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament next week in Morehead City. He finished second in last year’s tournament with a 423.8-pound catch. Hatteras Fever II took home the top prize money of $478,050 with its first-place fish of 465.3 pounds.

He said about only 33 percent of blue marlin hooked are ever brought to the boat, and with a 400-pound weight limit, even fewer are brought to the scales to be weighed during the tournament.

“All the stars have to line up,” he said. “You have to get around a big fish to begin with. That fish has to be hungry. All the right things just have to happen all the way around.”

Britt is a frequent Big Rock competitor. He finished the tournament in second place in 1996 with a 527-pound fish, just eight pounds shy of first place.

The Big Rock is one of the most prestigious blue marlin tournaments around, and Britt said bringing a fish to the scales at the Morehead City waterfront is like no other feeling in the fishing world.

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