Bullock makes catch while fishing off Bermuda
Jim Bullock of Greensboro, N.C., fishing
on a friend’s boat named Oppositional, needed
one hour and 15 minutes to reel in the winning catch
– 647 pounds – in the 19th annual World
Cup Blue Marlin Championship©. He was fishing off
Bermuda when the marlin crashed a lure with such force
that both hooks were buried in the marlin’s mouth.
“The marlin made six spectacular
jumps and then dove and we didn’t see it again
for an hour,” Bullock said.
Weighmaster Gary Hines of Bermuda said
the short measurement was 116 inches for the marlin
and it had a 66-inch girth. He certified the weight
as 647 pounds.
World Cup founder Tex Schramm of Dallas,
President of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, sent his
congratulations to Jim Bullock, Captain Chris Bock and
crewmen Darin Loftin and Curtis Klinfelter.
There were 21 boats fishing the World
Cup in Bermuda and a whopping 51 boats in Hawaii. There
were 115 boats worldwide, compared to 106 in 2002.
Kathy Bakke, World Cup Rep at The Charter
Desk in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, said the heaviest marlin
brought in at Kona, was a 562-pounder caught from the
“The World Cup has been won five
times in Hawaii, causing some anglers concern about
the chances of catching a winner outside of Hawaiian
waters,” said Jim Hardie of Miami, Florida, Commissioner
of Fishing for the World Cup. “We heard the same
concerns when the winning catch was made in Madeira,
Portugal in 1995, ’96 and ’97. Those who
worry, are failing to consider ‘Lady Luck’
as a factor.”
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