Go Back   Professional Soldiers > Hunting & Fishing > Fin

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-22-2010, 20:44   #1
Todd 1
Guerrilla
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Northeast
Posts: 143
How $1 million fishing prize got away.

FOR THIS FISHING TEAM, $1-MILLION PRIZE IS THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
By: Pete Thomas, Grind TV.com
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:10pm PDT

If a person gets caught fishing without a license, in most cases, it results in a fine of perhaps a few hundred dollars.

For those aboard the vessel Citation, however, the cost of this infraction probably represents a setback of nearly $1 million.

The anglers had been participating in the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament June 11-19 off North Carolina. Andy Thomossan caught what was by far the biggest fish: an 883-pound marlin, a tournament record.

The team on Saturday was declared winner of the prestigious competition and there was plenty of celebration.

However, there also was a post-event lie-detector test, after which it was revealed that one of the hired crew did not possess a valid fishing license, which are available in North Carolina for only $15, or $30 for non-residents.

That represented a violation of tournament rules and after lengthy deliberation, according to Evans Kistler of the Carteret County News-Times, tournament officials late Tuesday disqualified the catch and and denied the Citation team the winning purse.

End of celebration.

"No record. No money. No fish. No nothing. Yep, it's a nice ending to the story isn't it?" Thomossan told the Jacksonville Daily News. "He failed to get a fishing license, but we didn't know it. He told us he had it. He didn't. So you take a man at his word, you know?"

That man is Peter Wann. According to the state's fisheries division, he went out and bought a license after the catch of the monster marlin, bringing more shame to his team. He'll be fined $35 and ordered to pay court costs totaling $125.

The new winners are those who fished aboard the vessel Carnivore and caught the second-largest marlin, weighing 528.3 pounds. They net a grand total of $999,453.

Michael Topp, one of Citation's owners, figured the tournament board would not rule in Citation's favor.

"I think the Big Rock committee is doing what they have to do," he said. "I understand that. I'm a retired colonel. I know about rules."

-- Photo: Angler Andy Thomossan (left) and Capt. Eric Holmes stand alongside 883-pound blue marlin caught during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament off North Carolina. Credit: Evans Kistler / Carteret County News-Times
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 312487.jpg (27.8 KB, 33 views)
Todd 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:05.



Copyright 2004-2019 by Professional Soldiers
Site Designed, Maintained, & Hosted by Hilliker Technologies