Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic begins weigh-ins
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) - The first big fish was weighed in at the 18th Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina Friday afternoon.
The first boat to return to the scale for the first two days of weigh ins was "Pullin Wire", a 61 foot Buddy Davis boat based in Panama City Beach, with the anglers out of Tallahassee.
One of those anglers, Marina Adams, of Tallahassee, caught the blue and brought it to the scale around 4 o'clock, and it weighed in at 505 pounds.
“The number one piece of advice that they kept giving me was ‘Every second that you’re reeling, the fish can’t rest,’ so that replayed in my head the whole time. I just kept going. There was so much adrenaline. I didn’t realize how tired I was until afterward. I have caught a straight marlin before in Mexico, but this was my first tournament marlin. I’ve never been on a boat for a fight with a blue marlin before. No tournament. No release. Nothing. It was really exciting to be in the chair and see it jumping,” said Adams.
A second boat to bring in a blue marlin was “Triple threat,” a 65 foot Hatteras from Gulf Shores, Alabama. The angler on that fish Jeff Cultan from Birmingham. His fish beat out at Adam’s at 538 pounds.
The third boat to come in was “Fin’s Up” from Orange Beach, Alabama. The angler on that, Charlie Thomas. His big blue taking the number one spot at a whopping 550 pounds. If it remains in the lead, it will be worth $159,000.
“It was today around 11 o’clock. We hadn’t got anything at all, yesterday or today. Today we caught a couple black fins. He came up behind us. It’s so flat out there, you could see him. He was just following that bait. He hit it. The first time, he backed off of it. Then finally he came. It took us about two hours. He had actually touched the leader like six times,” said Thomas.
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