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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  • by Sick and tired Location: OBX on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Enough already. They cheated. Give the ones that followed the rules their money and move on.
  • by to P Oed on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    "They were legal when they caught the fish, no license is required that far off shore. A license is required when you return to coastal waters and that is what they did".... this is what you stated in the previous comment below, and all i have to say to that is you are correct to a certain extent, but dont you think that they should have been prepared before hand because they knew whether or not they caught the record fish or any fish to that matter, they had to return to that dock (which is in coastal waters) so why wouldnt they be prepared for that situation like every other boat that left that dock that morning and returned to that dock that evening. just a thought :)
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 17, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    I begin to wonder how much money was being wasted by the plaintiffs. Regardless of how they handle it at least my wife and I got to see that huge marlin.
  • by work Location: at work on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:48 AM
    The rules have not changed from last year to present and they state: NCDMF requires a rec. fishing license for anyone participating in fishing aboard a vessel, this includes captain, mate and anglers. The key word is participate. For example: Waterfowl hunting requires a license for envolvement, a person is envolved if they help but out decoys, call, etc. so they do not even have to have a gun to be required to have a license. If you spend that kind of money to fish in a tourmament to be sure you have enough sense to read the rules and regs of the tournament and the state. They captain cost them this money
  • by Viewer Location: Pitt County on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Yeah they knew they were in the wrong because he went and purchased a license as soon as they docked..They should have went on about everything and they might would be a million dollars richer! Im sure it wouldnt have been noticed if they didnt try to cover rears AFTER THE FACT!
  • by Molly Location: New Bern on Mar 17, 2011 at 02:01 AM
    You missed the point, the captain of the boat knew he was in the wrong by asking the crew member to obtain a licence after the catch, thus cheating and blew the millon bucks. Not like he did not know he was breaking the rules of the Big Rock. Judge was 100% right!
  • by oh you sillies on Mar 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    they have probably spent most of the million bucks in court costs. sillies
  • by Sad on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:17 PM
    Sportfishing is for people like's very "happy" to put it nicely.
  • by Jade Location: NC on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    At least there are judges out there still upholding the rules and laws! Most out there go for what makes them liked, or what feels good. Rules are Rules, and it makes no differnce who you are. If they appeal they look like FOOLS to me.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    The captain may be a great fisherman, but a poor sport and cheater. He told the crew member to go get the license. The crew member just didn't decided to go get license after the fact.
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