Big Rock tournament officials issued an official statement Friday on the controversy that rocked last month’s contest, saying it’s still their belief the boat Citation violated tournament rules when it hauled in a record-setting blue marlin.
One of the boat’s crew members did not have a North Carolina fishing license at the time.
Citation’s attorneys argue the crew caught the big blue more than 20 miles off the coast, which is beyond the state’s territorial waters.
Earlier this week, the board of directors allowed the boat’s attorneys to state their case outside of court but they say that meeting will not change their ruling. They hope a judge will confirm the results.
The tournament’s nearly $1 million purse hangs in the balance. There is no word when the case could head back to court.