About four hours after the fishing charter boat Citation left dock on the Outer Banks to compete in one of the country’s richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, crewmembers were in the fight of their lives. Something huge was hooked, but it was invisible to human sight as it dove for the ocean bottom about 27 miles off the North Carolina coast.
Five hours later they hauled up a monster, an 883-pound blue marlin. They knew the silvery-blue torpedo of muscle bigger than a bear would mean a huge payday in the June 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when they recorded their catch in coastal Morehead City.
“When we finally saw it we couldn’t believe it,” the Citation’s captain, Eric Holmes of Buxton, said at the time. “To catch a fish this big … it’s something. It really is. We got lucky and it’s good to be lucky.”