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Citation Appeals Judge's Decision

Owners of the boat Citation will appeal a judge's decision in Carteret County to dismiss a lawsuit disputing just who won last year's Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

The crew originally won the nearly $1 million prize with a record-setting catch, but were disqualified once officials found out one of the crew members did not have a North Carolina fishing license.

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A judge in Carteret County has dismissed a lawsuit disputing just who won last year's Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Citation originally won the tournament with a record catch of 883 pounds, but that was disqualified after it was learned a crewmember on the boat didn't have a state fishing license.

Owners of the boat sued to have that decision overturned, but a judge ruled Monday that Carnivore was entitled to the $999,453 prize.

Crewmember Peter Wann was cited by Marine Fisheries for not having a coastal recreation fishing license at the time the boat caught the fish. Records show the 22-year-old purchased a fishing license after the boat docked in Morehead City.

There's no word whether owners of Citation will appeal the ruling or not.


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