...all crew members and anglers are required to have a NC salt water fishing license to participate in the tourney. They participate and "fish" if they are on that vessel during the tourney. This is not just a casual and recreational "boat ride".
The angler that takes the seat to catch the fish is prohibited to allow ANYONE to touch his rod, under any conditions. The moment the leader is close enough to the rod tip, the mate can grab the leader and "wire" the fish in using the remainder of the leader until it can be gaffed or tagged. All of this is done under the watchful eye of a formal "observer" or referee on the vessel.
So where is the difficulty in understanding what "fishing" is?
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