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An Alexandria man is facing the fury of his fishing crew mates after the team’s $1.2 million award in a contest was withdrawn because he didn’t have a fishing license, according to a Virginian-Pilot report.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