Marlin Catch DQed Due to Shark “Mutilation.” Costs Anglers $3.5M

Marlin Catch DQed Due to Shark "Mutilation." Costs Anglers $3.5M
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Anglers aboard the offshore boat “Sensation” got the disappointment of their fishing lives when they weighed what would have been a tournament winning blue marlin during the prestigious 65th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament out of Morehead City, North Carolina on June 17.

Their 619.4-pound blue marlin was big enough to unseat the current leader of the event that weighed 484.5 pounds. That fish was brought in earlier by the boat “Sushi.” The tournament’s prize for biggest blue marlin was worth $3.5 million.

But the boisterous crowd that welcomed the “Sensation” anglers at the weigh-in site soon became quiet when an announcer on a live speaker said, “It would appear that this fish has been bitten by a shark.”

Tourney personnel spotted what appeared to be multiple bites to the fish, according to the local Jacksonville Daily News. Such a mutilation of the catch would disqualify the marlin in the…

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