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Published: Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 9:41 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — Some Maryland anglers were definitely the top dogs at a North Carolina fishing tournament Sunday.
The winners of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament caught a 914-pound blue marlin Saturday night to set a tournament record, WCTI reported.
The crew of "Top Dog" boated the massive marlin at 8:40 p.m. Saturday. The previous record was set in 2000 when the crew of "Summertime Blues" caught an 831-pounder, the television station reported.
According to the International Game Fish Association, the world record catch for blue marlin -- all tackle -- is 1,402 pounds, set Feb. 29, 1992, near Vittoria, Brazil.
The "Top Dog" crew was ecstatic after a six-hour battle to land the marlin.
“This has been my dream my whole life and I’m doing it right now. It truly is a dream come true,” crew member Phillip “Moonpie” Williams told WJZ.
It was an emotional day for "Top Dog" owner Todd Dickerson. Catching the big fish on Father's Day weekend was a tribute to his father, who died four months ago, WJZ reported.