A fishing crew named “Catch 23,” led by angler Michael Jordan, was disqualified from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament competition due to the mutilation of a massive marlin they had caught. The marlin, weighing over 883 pounds, was found to have its tail cut off, which is against the tournament rules. The disqualification led to the forfeiture of a potential $3.5 million prize.
Big Rock Rules Committee Explains the Decision
Following extensive discussions involving the Big Rock Rules Committee, Board of Directors, biologists from NC State CMAST and NC Marine Fisheries, and an IGFA official, the 619.4lb Blue Marlin caught by the SENSATION team was disqualified. The disqualification was due to the marlin being mutilated by a shark or another marine creature before it was landed or boated.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament adheres to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules, specifically Rule #23, which addresses the issue of mutilated fish. According to this rule, any fish that has been mutilated by sharks, other fish, mammals, or propellers that cause damage to the flesh before being landed or boated will be disqualified.
Tournament officials stated that the decision aligns with the tournament’s previous rulings in similar situations throughout its 65-year history.
As a result of this decision, the team SUSHI has been announced as the first-place winner of the 65th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with their 484.5lb Blue Marlin. The second place was secured by CHASIN A with their 479.8lb Blue Marlin, and the third place went to C-STUDENT for their 470.2lb Blue Marlin.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a renowned fishing competition held annually in Morehead City, North Carolina. It attracts anglers from all over the world, who compete for the prestigious title and substantial cash prizes. The tournament is known for its strict rules and regulations, which include the prohibition of mutilating the fish. This rule is in place to ensure fair competition and to promote ethical fishing practices.