Source: Spectrum News

Michael Jordan and his crew, floating off the coast of Morehead City in his fishing boat named “Catch 23,” reeled in a 442-pound blue marlin during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. The catch ranked among the largest in the tournament which is held annually and features a $3.3 million purse split between the top three, according to Spectrum News.

The Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion posed with pictures along with his crew as the fish was weighed. 

“I would love to be back with a little bit bigger fish,” Jordan said in an interview with the tournament organizers. 

Crystal Hesmer is the executive director of the tournament and said the atmosphere was electric when his boat unloaded the marlin. The former Carolina all-star has Tar Heel blue colors along the side of his 80-foot vessel, Spectrum News reports

This was the first time Jordan participated in a marlin tournament in North Carolina, where he grew up in Wilmington.

“It’s been a while since I have been to Morehead City,” Jordan said during the interview. “It’s only about 100 miles from Wilmington. It’s always great to be able to come back and see some friends.”

“Even though I didn’t win, right now, today, I’d like to thank everyone for supporting the tournament,” Jordan said.

Read the full story on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament from Spectrum.