Brown buckles down for big blue and big money

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

He said, "It's heavy and I don't think we're going to get it."

"But Myles did a great job working the fish in the current. I had to just stand up and sit down and reel every time I did it and we finally got it in."

Brown said they had caught another Friday afternoon, but lost it. "That one might have been bigger than this one, but it's hard to tell.

Their blue marlin was the only one weighed in at the tournament.

Another big winner in the ECBC was the crew aboard the Done Deal with Capt. Jason Buck. They took first in the Release Division, with the release of two blues and took home $252,662.50 in prize money.

The lead changed hands quickly throughout the night Saturday in the Dolphin category. About 8:30 p.m., the Sea Wolff with Capt. Keith Quick at the helm backed in with a 47.4-pounder caught by John Parker, knocking off a 44.8-pounder brought in early by R.D. Warren on Thunder. However, minutes after the Sea Wolff pulled out, ReHab of Destin backed down with a 48.2-pounder caught by Tim Howard to take first place. Howard's catch finished on top and Quick dropped to second. The Marlin Darlin backed in at 10:35 p.m. with a 46.6-pounder to claim third place.

The top tuna came in a little after 7 p.m. aboard the Black Tip with Capt. Sparky McCann at the helm. Chris Crosby was the angler who hauled in the 131.9-pound yellowfin. About 9:40 p.m., Freak on a Leash backed in with a 105.3-pound tuna to take second, but not for long. Annie Girl backed in at 5 minutes later with several tuna to weigh, one which tilted the scales at 110.7 for second place, knocking Freak on a Leash to third.

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