Crew enjoys Sensational start to the Big Rock

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

Still, Britt and his crew were worried the fish wouldn’t meet tournament minimums to qualify for a payday. Blue marlin have to weigh at least 400 pounds or measure at least 110 inches to be eligible for prize money.

“We measured it in the water and the measurement in the water did not compare to the measurement on the boat when we brought it on the boat,” Britt said. “So I was really concerned. The fish came up tail-wrapped and we fought it for a long time. Unfortunately the fish died and so we had plenty of time to measure it and look at the fish.

“We made the decisions that it looked like it would make weight. It didn’t make the length.”

But while Britt is happy with Monday’s catch, he would like a bigger fish to keep Sensation atop the leaderboard.

“We are going fishing today,” he said. “We are trying to catch a bigger one.”

Sensations’ 423.8-pounder was the only marlin brought to the scales, but it wasn’t the only fish entered.

The Goin Deep, captained by Kenny Sexton of Manteo, leads in the dolphin category at 48.8 pounds. Sea Hag, captained by Allan Willis of Morehead City, is second at 45.2.

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