FIRST ON WITN: New Developments In Big Rock Lawsuit

Sources say there's been a temporary agreement in a lawsuit over just who won the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Owners of the boat Citation filed suit in Dare County claiming they should be awarded the nearly $1 million prize in last month's competition. Citation was stripped of the top prize after it was discovered that a crewmember did not have a state fishing license. Instead, the tournament named Carnivore as the winner.

A hearing on the lawsuit was supposed to happen Tuesday in Elizabeth City, but that hearing was cancelled after sources tell WITN News that both sides have agreed that Big Rock not hand out any of the prize money until the case is over.

Big Rock filed a counter-suit in Carteret County shortly after the first lawsuit was filed.

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  • by john Location: cocoa beach fl on Jul 17, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    they should have checked his licence when they took the entry fee from the boat.if big rock pays citation it costs them almost 200k more sounds fishie give them their money and next year check up front.......
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 15, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    It sounds like there are different interpretations of the rules being posted up here. My wife and I saw that 883 lb. Blue Marlin that day and were very impressed. Had a great time down in Morehead/AB those few days! It's ashame that so much money is at stake though. I'm not picking sides, but the right thing needs to be done. Bryan, you are exactly right with what you said to Carrie. Carrie, Bryan has his answer on point.
  • by Tired of This Location: Charleston SC on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:23 PM
    Jacobi - you put it well "Those guys worked hard...". Fishing at this level IS a team sport. Did the angler also clear the lines, drive the boat, and gaff the fish while fighting it? No. As a team you win or lose based upon the strengths and weaknesses of your team. This team had a significant weakness and suffered a big loss as a result. To me, the continued legal action only sours my view of 'Citation'. Before all this, I felt sorry for them in that one person's 'oversight' affected them so heavily, but rules are rules and should be followed. Now, well it is kind of hard to feel any sympathy. If all the details reported are accurate, the rules were broken pure and simple and taking a fishing tournament to the courts to try and win it in this situation is stupid. If they win, I can see a major shakeup in the crews for next year: Captain, Mate, Angler, Contract Attorney (hope he has his fishing license)
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    Craig Dickerson, the mate took a BIG part in catching and boating the fish, therefore, he as well must be licensed.
  • by Jacobi Location: Greenville on Jul 14, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    Those guys worked hard to land that monster marlin. Give them their prize money, Go ahead Carnivore, man up! you did not catch the big one so tell em to give the citation the money and first place! Its all about the sport anyway! The license don't mean nothing, fine him for no license! Dont penalize this whole crew and take from them their pride and glory!
  • by thisISfunny Location: by the sea on Jul 14, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Not real smart to catch a fish with no your gonna let some fansy shamsy lawyer get a huge piece of your prize money....even smarter!?!News Flash Guys......make sure your ducks are in a row next time!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jul 14, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    Allen: Fishing license fees and park entry fees, and all similar, go towards maintaining the environment that is being trodden upon by people such as yourself (and me too) that enjoy spending time there. Pay it and go, or don't pay it and stay out. If you have the money to spend time fishing, that fee is NOT a lot of money. If you can't afford it, find a cheaper hobby.
  • by hopeful on Jul 14, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    I hope they do get the prize money. Because the rule states that the NCDMF requires the recreational license.So at the worst the kid most pay the fine for not having the lic.The rest of the team should not have to be pay for his mistake.I do alot of hunting with friends, if one of us is in the wrong we all do not get fined.Give them their money and stop crying. For all of you that say do not pay them,wonder what you would say if you were on the team !!!!!!!!!!
  • by Craig Dickerson Location: G-Ville on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    I think the boat that caught the biggest fish should get the money. The license the crew member did not have in my opinion is irrelevant. The license is required to recreationally take finfish in the state’s Coastal Fishing Waters, which include sounds, coastal rivers and their tributaries, out to three miles in the ocean. Recreational anglers who catch fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3 miles – 200 miles offshore) will be required to have this license to land fish in state waters. I think if the tournament fees are paid, the captian of the boat is licensed, and the man who caught the fish are licensed, the money should go to the largest fish weighed in. Big question is why doesn't the boat have a blanket license to cover all who are on the boat?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    va beach boy, I was just poking fun at the way you worded that first sentance. I understand your point, unfortunately for him the fish was taken by the DMF for research after weighing it in. He gets pictures and national news coverage for being the guy who had an illeagal marlin at big rock...

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