Brown buckles down for big blue and big money

Angler

Angler Steve Brown along with team Reel Worthless fishing aboard the Reel Fuelish landed a 594.9-pound blue marlin to win almost a half million in prize money in the 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin's Baytowne Marina.

Tina Harbuck | The Sun
Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

There's nothing worthless about team Reel Worthless.

Steve Brown, fishing as part of team Reel Worthless, hauled in a 594.9-pound blue marlin to earn the team $498,450.00 in prize money in the 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic held at Sandestin's Baytowne Marina over the weekend.

"It was a heck of a fight," said Brown of Pensacola Beach. "I've caught a number of blue marlin over the years and that's the longest I've fought one." It took Brown two hours and 40 minutes to boat the blue with Capt. Myles Cooley at the helm of the Reel Fuelish.

Team Reel Worthless combined with the crew aboard the Reel Fuelish earlier this month after their vessel, a 64-foot Viking, caught fire in the marina just before the start of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. The combined crews fished aboard the Reel Fuelish and landed the third largest marlin in the Mississippi tournament.

The combined crews rode high again this weekend and pulled in a winner.

"The last 40 minutes the fish had expired," he said. Brown explained that the marlin had got itself tail wrapped in a free fall.

"We had to go up as far as we could on the drag, out to 48-pounds of pressure, which is a lot," he said. "I literally had to hold on to the seat while we were taking wraps."



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