Hatteras Fever II takes lead at the Big Rock

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Big Rock tournament officials at the weigh station unload a blue marlin off the Hatteras Fever II Wednesday in Morehead City.

Chuck Beckley/Halifax Media
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 09:14 AM.

MOREHEAD CITY — Taylor Miller, a former Division I college athlete, is used to persevering through strenuous tasks.

But the former Appalachian State baseball pitcher sure had the battle of his life Wednesday during the third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament.

Miller reeled in his first marlin — and one that now stands as the leader in the million-dollar tournament.

He was the angler aboard the boat, Hatteras Fever II, which brought a 465.3-pound marlin back to the weigh station. The new catch surpassed the 423.8-pound big blue that was caught by Morehead City boat Sensation on Monday.

“It is a catch of a lifetime,” Miller said. “I hope to catch something bigger than this one day, but today is unreal.”

Hatteras Fever II, a Ricky Scarborough 54-footer from Buxton, hooked its catch at 12:19 p.m. The fight lasted for nearly 30 minutes.

The Hatteras Fever II is captained by Buddy Hooper.

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