No fishing license means crew may forfeit almost $1M

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No fishing license means crew may forfeit almost $1M | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Ouch.

RALEIGH, N.C. — About four hours after the fishing charter boat Citation left dock on the Outer Banks to compete in one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, crewmembers were in the fight of their lives. Something huge was hooked, but it was invisible to human sight as it dove for the ocean bottom about 27 miles off the North Carolina coast.

Five hours later they hauled up a monster, an 883-pound blue marlin. They knew the silvery-blue torpedo of muscle bigger than a bear would mean a huge payday in the June 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when they recorded their catch in coastal Morehead City...

Tournament officials disqualified the Citation's crew because the first mate, Peter Wann of Alexandria, Va., did not have a $30 North Carolina fishing license when the fish was hooked. His license was purchased while the Citation was still two hours out to sea and chugging toward a landing...
 
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