Big Rock Stands By Citation Decision

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament says it doesn't plan to change its mind on which boat won this year's controversial tournament.

In a statement released Friday morning, the tournament says its board of directors "has remained firm in it decision" to disqualify Citation from the top prize. The tournament says other media suggests that the board had not made a final decision in the case.

Big Rock did say that a lawyer for Citation was given the chance to present their case to a representative of the board and its lawyer on Tuesday. "However, at no time prior to, during, or since the meeting has the Board expressed any intent to change its decision," said the statement.

Citation was disqualified June 22nd after the tournament learned that a crew member on the boat did not have a state fishing license, a requirement under Big Rock rules.

The board voted to give this year's top prize instead to Carnivore. That crew now receives the $999,453 first prize money for catching a 528-pound marlin.

Citation filed a lawsuit in Dare County, asking that a judge declare them the winner.

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