Destin, FL---77 boats entered the 12 annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic ,hoping they would be able to reel in the behemoth fish the tournament is named for.
Of those 77, 76 didn't weigh one as the final boats sailed in.
The other one, the crew aboard the "Reel Worthless", they're feeling pretty good after Saturday night.
Just after 6 PM, they returned to the crowd surrounding the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf and Beach on the final night of weigh-ins, they brought in the only Blue Marlin caught all weekend.
Their beast came in at 594.9 pounds.
For this team who've tasted second and third, but never first, this moment is pretty sweet
"We had third place this year in Mobile," said Steve Brown, the angler who reeled in the marlin. "We had third place in Mississippi Gulf Coast. We've never been the one to put up the winning fish. We just had our fingers crossed, holding our breath, all those things. But I guarantee you, after this is over with, if this fish holds up, there's gonna be some kind of party on A Dock, right down there. You're all invited."
Brown and the "Reel Worthless" team should pocket a ballpark payout of somewhere close to $495,000.