Hatteras Fever II wins Big Rock

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

Hooper said he learned he had won the Big Rock from some of the younger fishermen on his boat, who had found out on the Internet as the boat headed to Morehead City where “win, lose or draw” the captain and crew were coming to celebrate.

“When the kids on the boat found out, they started screaming,” Hooper said. “They were pretty wild. They were excited. I was excited for the people on my boat and my son (Chase). He mated with me. He’s been on the boat with me since he was 5.”

While Hooper has competed in the Big Rock for years, he said he’d never “really caught a big fish” in the six-day tournament.

Until this year.

“We just got lucky,” he said. “You wish everybody the best of luck and hope yours is bigger. That’s all you can do.”

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