Lack of fishing license costs anglers $910K prize, case in court

Posted on: 3:29 pm, January 8, 2013, by , updated on: 03:36pm, January 8, 2013

Duncan Thomasson, left, and Eric Holmes with their 883-pound catch on June 14, 2010. BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT

Duncan Thomasson, left, and Eric Holmes with their 883-pound catch on June 14, 2010. BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT

RALEIGH, N.C. — The crew of the fishing boat ‘Citation’ caught a record 880-pound marlin in one of the country’s richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, however the lack of a fishing license cost them the $910,000 prize and the fight is headed to court.

The boat was disqualified from the 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City because a Virginia-based first mate did not have a state fishing license when the fish was caught.

On Tuesday, North Carolina’s Supreme Court heard an attorney for the boat’s owners argued the tournament’s organizers picked one unclear rule that didn’t effect the actual competition.

An attorney representing the tournament said the rules are in place for a reason, stating without rules they could not prevent a crew from shooting fish with a rifle.

Read more: Charlotte Observer