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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 06/23/2010

Man has to toss back $1.2M in winnings

By Mike McPhate
Thomasson with his 883-pound blue marlin. (AP)

An Alexandria man is facing the fury of his fishing crew mates after the team’s $1.2 million award in a contest was withdrawn because he didn’t have a fishing license, according to a Virginian-Pilot report.

“He told us he had it. He didn't. So you take a man for his word, you know?” said Andy Thomasson, who caught the disqualified winner, an 883-pound blue marlin.

After the contest, officials with the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, held in Morehead City, N.C., discovered that team Citation member Peter Wann had purchased his license on the way to the weigh station – after the marlin was caught.

Tournament officials spent three days conferring with state officials and the North Carolina attorney general before deciding to disqualify the team, the report said. Top honors now go to runner-up team Carnivore, of Cape Carteret, N.C.

On Sunday, game officials cited Wann for fishing without a license. That’ll cost him a $35 fine and $125 in court costs.

“There will be some lessons learned from this one," tournament director Crystal Watters told the paper.

Read the full report.

By Mike McPhate  | June 23, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  virginia  
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Sport fishing for cash. How barbaric.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | June 23, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

So, the fish died for "nothing". Yahoos.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sport fishing is not barbaric but it is wasteful. There is nothing barbaric about killing and eating a living thing (you do it everyday even if you're a vegetarian!). Killing something and then throwing it away is wasteful, no different from buying a burger and throwing it away.

Posted by: VoiceofReason77 | June 23, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

That was a pretty expensive lie.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 23, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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