Big Rock's only day three catch too small

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Ricky Crowells, right, of Big Rock Radio interviews Jimmy Croy Wednesday afternoon at the 2014 Big Rock Tournament weigh station on the Morehead City waterfront. Jimmy Croy landed the first marlin off of Morehead, aboard Bill Olsen's Mary Z, weighing in at 143.5 in 1957.

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Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 09:49 AM.

The crew aboard James Joyce II brought in the only blue marlin on the third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament on Wednesday in Morehead City.

But, the 346-pound blue marlin did not meet the required minimum 400-pound weight limit of the tournament.

Angler Mike Roberson fought the fish for about 90 minutes, and he said the crew had little choice but to bring in the undersized fish because it had given all it had.

“We were hoping he was big enough because we really had no choice but to bring him in because the battle took everything out of him, and if we had released him, he wouldn’t have made it,” Roberson said.

The fish hit just before the deadline to end fishing for the day.

“It was a beautiful day out there, and about 20 minutes before 3 p.m. and time for lines out, he took the bait, breached the water and ran about 1,200 yards of line off the reel,” Roberson said.

After three days of fishing, the boat Inspiration is safe in the lead with its 754-pounder. Eye Catcher sits in second with a 606-pounder and Carnivore is in third with a 410-pounder.

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