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Day 2 catch sends Honey Hush to 60th Big Rock tourney title

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MOREHEAD CITY — A massive second-day catch by angler Robert Gorrell was enough for Honey Hush, captained by Chuck Lindner, to capture the 60th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

On Tuesday, Gorrell reeled in a blue marlin that weighed in at 518.5 pounds. That was enough for Honey Hush to move into the lead, which it held for the duration.

Lindner’s crew pocketed $753,875 for the win, which was part of a record prize pool of over $2.5 million.

Only 17.6 pounds separated the three fish that led the blue marlin standings, with first and second separated by 4.2 pounds. On the final day of the competition — where a record seven blue marlin were weighed — captain Lee Smith of Carterican marched a 500.9-pound blue marlin to the scales.

Cole Ammons of Cedar Point was the angler.

However, Carterican was forced to settle for third and $634,000 — including bonuses — after the final weigh-in concluded. Captain Carl Beale of Fender Bender produced a 514.3-pound blue marlin that was snagged by T.J. Dunne of Havelock.

Finishing second overall netted the team $262,450.

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