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600+ Pound Catch Disqualified From Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Due To Mutilation Causing Upset

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A fishing crews 619-pound marlin was disqualified from winning Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina after officials determined it was mutilated by a shark.
The crew, Sensation, nearly won more than $3 million in prize money after reeling in the massive marlin on Saturday, but the catch was disqualified by tournament officials.
After consultation with the rules committee along with biologists from NC State CMAST and NC Marine Fisheries, “it was determined that SENSATION”S 619.4lb Blue Marlin is disqualified due to mutilation caused by a shark or other marine animal,” tournament officials said in a statement. “It was deemed that the fish was mutilated before it was landed or boated.”
The Big Rock tournament follows International Game Fish Association rules regarding mutilated fish, tournament officials said. The decision “is consistent with prior decisions made by the tournament in similar circumstances,” officials said.
Sushi was declared the winning crew with a 484.5-pound marlin, followed by Chasin A with a 479.8-pound marlin, and C-Student with a 470.2-pound marlin.