Wann failed a polygraph test about the incident and was cited by NC officials for fishing without a license. Wann pleaded not guilty but was found guilty by the judge today.
Tournament directors spent three days consulting with NC’s attorney general and other state officials before deciding to withhold the money. The Big Rock board of directors voted unanimously to disqualify the Citation’s team for breaking the tournament rules by having an unlicensed fisherman.
Wann obtained a license the day the big marlin was caught, but only after the Citation got back to the dock and the fish had been landed.
The crew of the Citation has filed a civil suit in the Dare County Superior Court claiming breach of contract. Currently an injunction is in place prohibiting awarding the billfish prize money until the case is settled.