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The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Board of Directors has unanimously determined that they have no choice but to disqualify the 883-pound blue marlin caught on June 14, 2010.

It cost the crew of the boat Citation a cash prize of $912,000.

After interviewing members of the crew of the fishingvessel “Citation," review of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament rules, consulting the division of Marine Fisheries as well as the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, the Board agreed there had been a violation of tournament rules but the violation did not involve “dishonesty” or “cheating” on the part of the owners or angler of the “Citation."

The rule violation involves the “mate” not having a Coastal Recreational Fishing License, which is required by North Carolina law and by the Tournament. Participants and crew were reminded of the license requirement at the Captains meeting prior to the Tournament. The mate engaged in fishing activities without a valid license and later obtained a license at 5:51 pm while heading to the weigh station. The fish was boated at 3:16 pm.

"It is an unfortunate situation for the crew of 'Citation' as well as the Tournament itself but for the integrity of the Tournament, Big Rock had no choice but to enforce the rules and disqualify the fish," the Board said in a press release Tuesday.

Because of this disqualification, The Big Rock Board of Directors declare Carnivore the winner with their 528.3-pound blue marlin and in second place, Wet-N-Wild with a 460-pound blue marlin.

Carnivore's win earns the crew a payout of $999,453. Wet-N-Wild pockets $275,322

Big Rock's record-breaking marlin catch disqualified - WRALSportsFan.com

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Wow... What a shame.

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yup. dont know what he was thinking. maybe he thought it was a waste of $10 because he didnt think they would catch a fish. he knew the rule, chose to ignore it, then tried to cover it up after the fact. as petty as it is I think its the right decision. if you overlook a violation, all the rest of the rules loose what they stand for.

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