Lightning strikes on second day of Big Rock

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Angler Peter Schultz poses with a 25.3-pound dolphin fish he caught aboard the boat Sushi, skippered by Charlie Pereira, on Tuesday at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament. A big thunderstorm hampered the fishing on the second day of the tournament.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 08:58 PM.

Captain Burrows Smith was getting ready to take his polygraph test in the office of Big Rock tournament president Roger Crowe Monday evening when he got the news.

Earlier in the day, his boat Eye Catcher brought to the weigh station a 606.9-pound blue marlin. Five hours later, the boat Inspiration took the tournament lead with a 754.3-pound big blue.

After Tuesday’s second day of fishing at the 56th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Fishing Tournament in Morehead City, the standings remain the same.

“I heard it on the radio. I’m happy for (Inspiration),” Smith said. “It’s a great fish for them. We know that competition and fun is all part of it.

“It’s amazing to me that we’re able to see nice big fish like that on the same day.”

Eye Catcher, a Wrightsville Beach-based boat, is in second place with four more days of fishing to go. Inspiration leads the tournament while Carnivore is third with its 410 pounder.

“I knew we had a big fish, but there were plenty more big ones out there, as you can tell,” Smith said. “I wasn’t real confident because it was only Monday and there is a lot of good fishing left.

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