June 9 (UPI) — NBA legend Michael Jordan and the crew on his boat caught a 442.3-pound marlin on Tuesday through the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead Metropolis, N.C.
Video from the occasion captured Jordan’s boat — named “Catch 23” — pulling in towards the docks. The previous Chicago Bulls nice drew cheers and whistles when he emerged on the deck of his 80-foot Viking.
The crew’s marlin then was raised for the weigh-in and got here in with an official itemizing of 442.Three kilos, drawing one other spherical of applause as Jordan and his crew posed for footage with cigars in hand.
“It has been awhile since I have been again in Morehead Metropolis. It is solely about 100 miles from Wilmington, and it is all the time nice for me to have the ability to come again,” Jordan mentioned. “I am completely satisfied to be again. Thanks for inviting me.”
The North Carolina tournament pays out for the three largest blue marlins caught, with the winner of the occasion incomes $1.1 million. There’s additionally a $550,000 prize for the primary crew to nab a 500-pound marlin.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Jordan’s marlin was the fifth-heaviest pulled in and never eligible for prize cash. Jordan and his “Catch 23” crew have two extra days to reel in a much bigger fish. The main blue marlin weighed 494.2 kilos.
Jordan mentioned this 12 months’s Big Rock tournament is not his first fishing competitors, however it’s the first marlin tournament in which he has competed in his house state of North Carolina.
“It is a probability for me to come back again house,” Jordan mentioned. “Each probability I get, I really like to come back again house.”