For the second day in a row, participants had to weather a storm on the way back to Wrightsville Beach, but one group of guys from Atlantic Beach did little complaining. They captured first place at the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament on Saturday. On Friday, there weather was nice all day long until a late afternoon storm blew in. "It was a little scary to going into the thunder storm. That's not fun. Yeah, that's not fun, but every now and then you have to bite the bullet,” said John Burnette of Raleigh. Fishing in the 36th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament is not cheap, but the stakes are high. The entry fee is $ 3500 per boat. This year there were 26 boats are in the running for prize money, including the $42,000 for first place. "It’s all points for marlin. 400 points for a blue marlin, sailfish and white marlin are 125 points," explained the tournament’s directory Bobby Brown. It’s all a numbers game, and for the most part, it's an old boys club event for men who seek the thrill and fortunes of the high seas.... "I do it for the sport of it, getting out on that big blue water. It's a challenge. Get him hooked up and to the boat,” said Randy McLeod of Smithfield. But if you looked hard enough, you could find a lady angler or two. "It was a rough day at sea. We caught a bunch of dolphin, no sailfish, no marlin, but we did have a good time. You know there aren't many women out here. This is an annual event for us. A bunch of us girls get together to come down here to have a good time. In fact we have a team full of girls,” said Debbie Campbell of Elizabethtown. And coincidentally, a boat named Maggie out of Morehead City stole the show. They were in first place at the halfway mark after Friday and couldn’t be topped on Saturday as they walked away with the $42,000 first place purse. The crew caught five white marlin and one sailfish.
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