Biloxi restaurant owner lands record 845-pound blue marlin

July 16, 2013

Business, Tourism

Alabama State record 845.8 pound blue marlin caught by Chris Ferrara (The Wharf Marina)

Alabama State record 845.8 pound blue marlin caught by Chris Ferrara (The Wharf Marina)

BILOXI, Mississippi — Biloxi restaurant owner Chris Ferrara landed a record-setting 845.8 pound blue marlin over the weekend during the Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala.

Ferrara, owner of Biloxi Boardwalk Marina and The Hook Up Bar & Restaurant, fought the 10-foot, 5-inch fish for 6 ½ hours.

Before the weekend, the 24-year old record was about 779 pounds. That record was broken earlier in the day with a 789-pound catch, but Ferrara then brought in his record catch.

The top tournament award and several optional cash categories earned Ferrara’s team aboard the “Reel Fire” an overall payout of $304,125. Capt. Mike Roberto runs the 60-foot Viking based in Biloxi.

Read the Sun Herald’s story and watch the weigh-in video here.

 

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