David Strege | For The Win
NBA legend Michael Jordan and the crew aboard his 80-foot Viking sport fishing yacht Catch 23 landed a 442.3-pound blue marlin on the second day of the 62nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Tuesday. It wasn’t the day’s biggest catch, but it got most of the attention.
According to WITN, three other blue marlin weighing 470.4, 450.2 and 450 pounds were also caught Tuesday as anglers vie for a record purse of $3.34 million in what is said to be the largest and oldest sport fishing tournament in the country.
Big money remains on the table — $552,500 — for the first boat to catch a blue marlin over 500 pounds. The largest blue marlin of the tournament will net $1.14 million.
“I’d love to be back with a little bit bigger fish,” Jordan said in a post-catch interview with Big Rock TV, according to Inside Carolina. He’ll have more time to try as the tournament runs through Saturday.
In the interview, Jordan also talked about his love for the state of North Carolina, where he first made a name for himself playing at UNC under the legendary Dean Smith.
“I’m always looking for an excuse to be back in North Carolina,” Jordan said. “It is a chance to come back home. I love coming back home.”
Not surprisingly, Jordan was the center of attention at the Big Rock weigh station Tuesday afternoon as he posed for photos with his team and the blue marlin. The crowd cheered, and the legendary Chicago Bulls star loved it.
“I always feel North Carolinians come out to support their stars,” Jordan said.
Jordan, fresh off the recent airing of the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance,” is better known for his golf game, as hobbies go. But he’s become quite the fisherman as well. Besides this tournament, Jordan and his crew also usually compete in the White Marlin Open in early August in Ocean City, Maryland.