Nearly three years ago, the crew of the Citation fought the battle of lifetime as they held onto an 883-pound marlin that would eventually become the largest fish caught during the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. On June 14, 2010, the anglers on the Citation fought the large marlin for over three hours before being able to bring it on-board, at which point cheers rung out when the crew realized they could very well have snagged a combined prize purse of $915,825.
Celebration quickly turned to concern however, as it was discovered that one of the crew members did not have the necessary recreational fishing license for the state of North Carolina. Peter Wann, 22, had mistakenly believed that a blanket fishing license would be in effect for all crew members on the Citation. Tournament rules specifically required all participants to have their own valid fishing license, as well as a highly-migratory species fishing permit.
Wann hastily used the ship’s laptop to purchase the required licenses online, but by that time it was already too late. Tournament officials interviewed the crew of the Citation–reportedly with the aid of a polygraph test–and decided that because of the violation, the 883-pound marlin did not qualify for entry to the competition. Instead, the prize money was awarded to the crew of Carnivore with a previously second-place 528-pound marlin.