Hatteras Fever II wins Big Rock

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 08:42 AM.

In fact, he didn’t think he had a winner at all.

“I thought it was a good chance it could maybe place, but I didn’t think it would hold up,” he said, adding he had not seen another blue marlin not only this year but in last year’s tournament either.

Sensation brought the only other big blue to the weigh station, a 423.8-pounder on Monday. Sensation, based out of Morehead City and captained by Dale Britt, won $206,950 for its second-place finish.

And while Hatteras Fever II withstood three days of fishing by its competitors, Saturday figured to be the biggest threat to its hopes of winning not only because every boat but one — The Enigma — was fishing, but it was the best weather of the week.

Or, as Hooper said, tied with Wednesday, which also happened to be the day Hatteras Fever II brought its big blue to the docks.

Was Hooper worried?

“You take your chances,” he said. “It’s not a luck tournament, but anybody can win this tournament the way the rules are, which are probably the most fair rules of any tournament in the country.”

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