Just who won this year's Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament appears to be heading to a courtroom.
Both the tournament and this year's disqualified winner have filed legal action in two different counties.
The tournament wants a superior court judge to confirm their disqualification of "Citation" as this year's winner. Crystal Coast Tournament, Inc. filed legal action in Carteret County Superior Court asking for a declaratory judgment to confirm their naming "Carnivore" as the winner.
"Citation" was disqualified after it was learned a crewmember on the boat did not have a state fishing license. At stake was nearly $1 million in prize money.
The tournament says their lawsuit was necessary because the owners of "Citation" filed suit in Dare County. In that suit the owners seek to have the tournament declare "Citation" as the winner.
No date has been set for a hearing on the court motions.