In High Cotton

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In Southern vernacular, the expression “In High Cotton” is typically used to describe someone who is financially well-off. After pocketing a check for $195,277 for its record-breaking 899.6-pound blue marlin in the 2015 ECBC, Team Cotton Patch certainly won’t be worried about getting evicted from the boat slip anytime soon. But for captain/owner Johnny Dorland, this grand championship win is about much more than dollars and cents.

“I caught my first billfish, a sail, in 1968 when I was 13 years ...

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Record Shattered

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Sports are full of cliches and one of the most commonly used is “Records are meant to be broken.” But for the 2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, shattered is a more appropriate description. Team Cotton Patch, a 60-foot Hatteras based in Orange Beach, Alabama, smashed the old mark by 116 pounds after boating a blue marlin that tipped the scales at a benchmark 899.6 pounds late Saturday afternoon. Lance Hill was the angler on the record fish. And in ...

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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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