Fish story lands in NC's high court, $1M on line

EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The crew of the fishing charter boat Citation landed a record 880-pound marlin in one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, but the fight continues for the $910,000 prize.

The boat was disqualified from the 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament because its Virginia-based first mate did not have a North Carolina fishing license when the fish was hooked.

North Carolina's Supreme Court heard an attorney for the boat's owners argue Tuesday the tournament unfairly picked one unclear rule that didn't affect competition.

The tournament's attorney said unless contest rules are enforced nothing could prevent a crew from shooting fish with a rifle.

The high court also weighs whether a local judge should have decided the case since his former law partner and vacation buddy represented the second-place boat.

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Rules should be clear and read to anyone whos name is on tournament,captain should check his crew and visually see all paperwork needed to be leagal and in no way should a attorney rep the other boat be involved in case because its a conflict of interest,rules are there to be used and gone by.