Crew that caught 883 lb. marlin stripped of title and money


Morehead City, NC - MOREHEAD CITY, NC (AP) - The lack of a fishing license for one crew member may have cost a boat more than $900,000 in prize money in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported the fisherman who caught a record-setting 883-pound blue marlin June 14 said tournament officials have stripped the Hatteras-based boat Citation of the title and money. Andy Thomossan says one crew member didn't have the required fishing license.

One of the boat's owners, Michael Topp, says the lack of a license was discovered during a lie detector test. The tournament requires the test for some of those on the boat that wins the top money.

The tournament said Sunday its board was withholding presentation of the prize money until it could research a possible rules violation.

The catch broke the record of 831 pounds set in 2000 by Summtertime Blues out of Kiawah Island, S.C.

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