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Record breaking weekend for Billfish Classic

As of Saturday afternoon, Team Aries had the largest catch of the tournament with a 668 lb Blue Marlin. (Image Source: WLOX News) As of Saturday afternoon, Team Aries had the largest catch of the tournament with a 668 lb Blue Marlin. (Image Source: WLOX News)
With a purse of more than $2,000,000 the winners are in for a big pay day.  (Image Source: WLOX News) With a purse of more than $2,000,000 the winners are in for a big pay day. (Image Source: WLOX News)
With a heave and a hoe, the members of Team Mollie hauled their catch onto the deck to be weighed. (Image Source: WLOX News) With a heave and a hoe, the members of Team Mollie hauled their catch onto the deck to be weighed. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Fishermen from all over have been hitting the waters of South Mississippi this week for the annual Billfish Classic. On Sunday, they heaved their catches on to the deck to be weighed.

Members of Team Aries hoisted up a massive blue marlin that tipped the scales at a whopping 668 pounds.

“There's no bigger rush than watching a Blue Marlin eat, then catching him and putting him on the boat,” said Jason Friedman of Team Aries.

Friedman is the son of the angler who reeled in the fish, but he says it's a family affair.

“We're lucky to be able to go fishing with a great crew, and with my brothers Matthew and Darren and to be able to fish with my dad in these tournaments is the coolest thing ever,” said Friedman.

This year's Bill Fish Classic broke records with more than 120 boats. Two teams have broken the state record for swordfish, but nothing is a done deal.

“You never know until it's over and all the fish come in, all the boats come in,” said Friedman.

With a purse of more than $2,000,000, the winners are in for a big payday. Spectators were in awe at the true sportsmanship during the tournament.

First-time spectators Jacob and Jessica Swart were impressed.

“It's their sport," said Jacob Swart. "It's like going out and playing in the NBA or NFL or whatever. This is their sport. They're doing what they love and if they can make it, do it."

“We've never seen anything like this before and kind of stumbled across it and it's really interesting to see," said Jessica Swart. "I mean, it's a whole new world down here, especially with how much of a huge event it is."

 The Department of Marine Resources will certify the fish before winners can officially be announced. Awards will be presented Sunday morning at 10:30. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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