Fishing Team Rejected $3.5m After 600-Pound Marlin Disqualified In Tournament

When tournament authorities ruled the enormous marlin one team brought in to have been disfigured, their hopes of winning a high-stakes fishing competition were dashed.

Sensation’s crew, which won the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina, boasted a massive 619-pound marlin on Saturday that would have earned the team members more than $3 million in prize money but was banned because it seemed to have been bitten by sharks.

Sensation’s 619.4 lb. Blue Marlin was found to have been mutilated by a shark or some marine animal, according to the tournament officials’ announcement on Sunday. The fish was disqualified since it was determined that it had been mutilated before being landed or boated.

“Careful deliberation and discussions” with tournament officials and specialists led to the conclusion.

After spending hours trying to hook the enormous marlin, Sensation’s captain, Greg McCoy, told the Washington Post that he and his crew thought they had succeeded.

We struggled with him for six hours in the final hour of the last day, McCoy told the publication. It’s a hard pill to swallow, I know.

When the mutilation rule was brought up, he claimed he was astounded.

The crowd went berserk when the team proudly displayed their enormous catch of the day, as seen in a livestream of the event.

But things suddenly turned gloomy.

The announcer announced over a megaphone, “It appears that a shark has bitten this fish.”

The sensation would have received prize money of about $3.5 million.

According to the Washington Post, the team would have received $739,500 for the first catch of the year, 500 pounds or more, and $2.77 million for taking first place.

In a statement, the competition claimed that the choice to invalidate Sensation’s catch followed previous decisions and the International Game Fish Association guidelines.

According to tournament organizers, a Sushi team that caught a 484.5-pound blue marlin ultimately won the 65th annual competition.

The competition this year featured 271 boats, according to the tournament authorities.

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