Anticipation

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There’s nothing like starting off with a bang! The 2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic christened the weigh scales shortly after 4 p.m. Friday as Dirt Pit and owner/angler Cramer Pierce hoisted a blue marlin aloft. The 445.8-pounder was subdued after a brief but hard-fought battle.

“It ran more than others we’ve caught. We really had to back down on it hard,” Pierce explained. The fight only lasted 30 minutes after the fish ate an acrylic pink lure “that’s so old ...

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Lifeblood

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It’s no easy feat putting on a world-class fishing tournament like the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. It takes months of planning, logistics and lots of coin. The boat entry fees and optional cash divisions are mainly paid back in winnings. And with more than $1.58 million spread among the 78-boat fleet this year, that’s a substantial pay-out.

But all the parties, meals and related support cost a pretty penny and that’s where the sponsors come in. Sponsors are the lifeblood ...

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‘Pit Players

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Dark-tanned skin. Rough, calloused hands. Raccoon eyes. All are telltale signs. Line up any big-game fishing team at the weigh scales with a trophy fish and you can immediately spot the mate. He’ll be the one off to the side, always in a complementary role. But even team sports have standout players and in this arena, the mate is an unheralded All Star. He’s also the hardest-working member of the crew.

“I’ve been happily together with Joey since 2008,” explains Stan ...

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