Michael Jordan is one of the greatest competitors of all time. He not only won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, but he also played pro baseball and has had countless stories come out about him from the golf course. However, another type of competition Jordan enjoys partaking in is fishing. In fact, MJ is reportedly competing in a big-time fishing competition right now that has $3.4 million on the line.
Michael Jordan enjoys fishing
We all know Jordan enjoys basketball, baseball, golf, and even NASCAR as he now owns his own racing team, 23XI Racing. However, MJ also enjoys fishing.
Jordan has a massive fishing boat called Catch 23, which, according to 247Sports, is an 80-foot Viking fishing yacht that can fit eight guests. The boat, which features the elephant skin print that’s on the Jordan 3s, is estimated to be worth $8 million. It appears, though, he has maybe earned some of that money back by competing in large competitions.
According to USA Today, Jordan and Catch 23 won a sailfish tournament earlier this year at The Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. His team caught and released seven sailfish, with Jordan catching two of them. They took home the trophy with 1,400 points, 200 ahead of the second-place team.
In past summers, Jordan also reportedly competed in several marlin fishing tourneys, and then in 2019, he finished third in the Stuart Sailfish Club’s Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament.
Michael Jordan is competing in a $3.4 million fishing tourney
It appears that, yet again, MJ is aboard his Catch 23 to try to win some more competitions. According to Insider, Jordan and his crew are currently competing in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina, which reportedly has a $3.4 million purse.
On the first day of competition, Jordan’s team reeled in a 25-pound fish that qualified for the dolphin category leaderboard. If His Airness were to win that category, the crew would take home $529,000, according to 247Sports. However, per the tournament site, the current leader in the dolphin category reeled in a 41.4-pound catch that same day, so Jordan has some work to do.
MJ’s crew also reportedly caught a fish on Tuesday, but, per Insider, it was the wrong species and was later released.
He and his team have until Saturday to get back atop one of the leaderboards at the event in its 63rd year, with Catch 23 being one of the 270 total boats competing this week. The tourney lasts six days, but boats can only fish for four of them, per 247Sports.
Jordan’s team caught a 442-pound blue marlin at the same event last year.
MJ is just fine financially, whether he wins or not
It’s probably safe to say that this fishing tournament isn’t going to make or break Jordan. He’s one of the wealthiest athletes to ever live.
After earning an estimated $93.77 million in his NBA career, according to Spotrac, Jordan has continued making boatloads — no pun intended — from Nike. In fact, according to Forbes, Nike has paid Jordan over an estimated $1 billion since first signing him in 1984. His Jordan Brand within the company is also estimated to be worth over $10 billion.
Jordan’s personal net worth is also in the billions. Considering all the cash he made on the court, as well as his off-court earnings, Forbes estimates that Jordan has a $1.6 billion net worth.
That $3.4 million purse and the $529,000 dolphin category prize would just be pocket change for him.
Jordan — the six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP — may be just fine financially, but he’ll do almost anything to compete in high-stake competitions. Those fish better watch out because the GOAT is coming.