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Michael Jordan and crew catch 442-pound marlin in Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina—Michael Jordan, one of the most recognizable athletes of the last 50 years, competed in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, North Carolina, catching a 442.3-pound blue marlin.

The 62nd Annual tournament was held June 5-13 and hosted 205 boats, racking up a total of 185 releases- 144 blue marlin, 22 white marlin and 19 sailfish for a 93 percent release rate. Anglers were competing for $3.3 million dollars in prize money over several categories of gamefish.

On the second day of the event, organizers reported the former NBA star and crew caught a 442.3-pound blue marlin aboard his 80-foot Viking convertible Catch 23. At the time of the catch, it was the 6th heaviest blue marlin in the tourney.

Ultimately, Jordan and crew did not place in the top four, with first place going to Pelagic Hunter II with a 495.2-pound catch. The fourth place catch weighed 488.1 pounds.

Organizers said it was the first time in 30 years an outboard won the tournament.

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