The North Carolina State Supreme Court listened to both attorneys as the battle. It’s a rather large fishing tournament prize pot, $1 million, and the first, second and third fishing crew in line to win don’t want to take their hands off it. During the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament a record Blue Marlin 883-pounds caught by the fishing charter Citation and its crew are in a battle over the $1 million prize money.
Tournament officials say the Citation broke the rules
The story goes, Citation fishing boat was about 25 miles off the coast of Morehead City and the marlin was doing all it could to break free’ twisting, diving, jumping. Now the fishing crew is in for the fight of their lives to get back the one-million-dollar prize they so well deserved and fished for during the 2010 marling tournament. At the time the fish was hooked the tournament officials claim the North Carolina out-of-state- fishing license was not yet purchased. But Peter Wann, the fishing charter’s first mate claims he bought a blanket license that covered the entire fishing crew.
The fishing crew of the Citation have fished in tournaments all over the world and never before has the application of the rules been so detrimental. They argue a disqualification is necessary only when the competitive edge or means used is extreme.
The attorneys for Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament claim the courts have no business in the decision over the prize money but should be left up to tournament officials
On a case that may take months to decide the North Caroline Supreme Court ordered Friday that a jury by trial should hear the grievance not a disposed judge. The Citation attorneys, Gay and Jackson were pushing for a trail-by-jury so a different judge can hear the case.
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