Havelock's Jackson and Ava D take over third at Big Rock

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The crew of the Ava D, owned and captained by Havelock's Jerry Jackson, pose with their 491-pound blue marlin Thursday in Morehead City. The fish was big enough for third place at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 08:24 PM.

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Ava D and Chainlink finished their 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament at the weigh station Thursday before a cheering crowd.

While neither boated a blue big enough to challenge the 754.3-pounder hooked on the opening day, both leave the 56th annual event having brought a blue marlin to the scales along the Morehead City waterfront.

Goldsboro-based Chainlink, which hooked a big blue just minutes after lines were allowed in the water at 9 a.m., was first on the scene, bringing in a 412.7-pounder that knocked Carnivore’s 410.7-pounder out of third place.

It was a short-lived stay in the top three, however.

About 90 minutes later Ava D, captained by Havelock’s Jerry Jackson, backed into the weigh station and saw a 491.7-pound big blue hoisted up on the scales, allowing it to supplant Chainlink in third.

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