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WABronco
06-21-2010, 08:03 PM
http://deadspin.com/5569277/fisherman-loses-900000-record-marlin-due-to-5-fishing-license

A tournament fisherman caught an 883-pound blue marlin off North Carolina last week. That would have won him a $912,000 first prize, but one of the crew members on his boat didn't have a fishing license. So....disqualified. Oops.

Andy Thomossan thought he had set a new record at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, when his monster catch was easily the largest one pulled out of the water during the week-long event. But during a standard post-contest lie detector test—yes, that is actually standard; this **** is serious—organizers discovered that one of the "for-hire mates" on his boat did not have a North Carolina fishing license. The tournament rules require everyone on the crew to have one, even the chum wranglers whose only responsibilities include baiting hooks and keeping the beer cold. Carolina residents can purchase a 10-day license for $5.

Thomossan did not appreciate the irony.

"It hurts," said angler Andy Thomossan. "No record. No money. No fish. No nothing. Yep, it's a nice ending to the story, isn't it?"

"We didn't do anything wrong. But one of our people did. He failed to get a fishing license, but we didn't know it. He told us he had it. He didn't. So you take a man for his word, you know? I can't do anything."

Fishing without a license in North Carolina carries a $35 fine and $125 in court costs, plus about a million bucks to anyone you happen to screw out of a record jackpot. This scofflaw also might end up fishing with Fredo, if you catch my drift.

Wow talk about rage.

cutthemdown
06-21-2010, 08:09 PM
You can sue the guy who lied for sure.

FireFly
06-21-2010, 08:10 PM
I would be fairly upset.

That One Guy
06-21-2010, 08:11 PM
You can sue the guy who lied for sure.

Good point. Not sure how that would work but I would definitely try.

gyldenlove
06-21-2010, 08:24 PM
You can sue the guy who lied for sure.

That guy is lucky, this happened in Carolina, a 100 years ago that issue would be settled at midnight with torches and pitchforks and an angry lynchmob.

cutthemdown
06-21-2010, 08:26 PM
That guy is lucky, this happened in Carolina, a 100 years ago that issue would be settled at midnight with torches and pitchforks and an angry lynchmob.

Your wrong because 100 yrs ago you wouldn't need a license to fish.

Taco John
06-21-2010, 08:32 PM
It didn't really sink in how terrible this story is until I said it out loud to my wife. Seeing the "what an unbelievable dumbass" look on my wife's face really brought a certain texture to the story. Plus that face reminds me of my college antics, so there was a bit of nostalgia.

gyldenlove
06-21-2010, 08:34 PM
Your wrong because 100 yrs ago you wouldn't need a license to fish.

I don't mean the license, I mean costing someone else a fishing record and a million bucks by lying.

theAPAOps5
06-21-2010, 08:51 PM
I would turn the boat around head out to where the shelf is off of North Carolina give him a life ring some water and tell him to have a nice swim back to shore. Depending on where they were based out of that is 30 miles minimum!

That is tongue in cheek of course but the thought would seriously take some consideration!

Jason in LA
06-21-2010, 09:02 PM
Seeing that the guy couldn't come up with a $5 fishing license, suing him for $900K won't do much good. I'm just saying. ;D

houghtam
06-21-2010, 09:04 PM
Seeing that the guy couldn't come up with a $5 fishing license, suing him for $900K won't do much good. I'm just saying. ;D

:rofl:

worm
06-21-2010, 10:56 PM
It sucks that you can't take a man at his word.

That has become the rule and not the exception. Entropy.

DarkHorse
06-21-2010, 11:27 PM
Why not use the lying bastard as bait and go for the record Great White catch?

Los Broncos
06-21-2010, 11:54 PM
Ouch! Thats unaccpetable to me I would be pretty pissed.

azbroncfan
06-22-2010, 12:07 AM
You can sue the guy who lied for sure.

If he doesn't have anything your not going to get anything from him though.

cutthemdown
06-22-2010, 06:53 AM
If he doesn't have anything your not going to get anything from him though.

Usually that's true because attorneys won't take the case unless people have deep pockets. My family full of attorneys though. More then once people have learned the hard way not to **** us illegally. One guy had nothing, we sued him, his still paying my sister 125.00 week out of his pay check.

You are right though if the guy is poor chances are no atty will take the case.

cutthemdown
06-22-2010, 06:54 AM
Oh sorry 125.00 a month I meant.

cutthemdown
06-22-2010, 06:54 AM
It doesn't sound like much when the person screwed you on 30 grand, but it adds up over the yrs.

That One Guy
06-22-2010, 07:11 AM
It doesn't sound like much when the person screwed you on 30 grand, but it adds up over the yrs.

I'm not capable of such long division, how many months would it take to pay off $912,000 at $125 a month?

Just being a pain. I agree the best he could hope for is a moral victory. I bet everyone that hears the guy's story will check their worker's licenses from now on though.

Dr. Broncenstein
06-22-2010, 07:32 AM
Sounds like a lesson learned to me. If you are out fishing for a 900 grand prize, better make sure all of your shiat is in order.

Beantown Bronco
06-22-2010, 09:33 AM
You can sue the guy who lied for sure.

Not necessarily.

Did he sign something that said he had a license? Nowhere in the article does it say that. Even the "victim" admits he was going on the guy's word alone.

If he didn't sign a one week employment contract with the fisherman or sign anything to enter the competition saying that he had such a license, then they have zero to go on here. In such a case, all the guy has to do is say that he was either never asked about a license or he could even claim that he was upfront about having no license and there's no way the fisherman could ever prove otherwise.

It sucks, but this is the way it is.

How many of you defend business owners that hire illegal immigrants because they don't ask for proof of citizenship at the time of employment? Same basic policy here IMO. Maybe it's because I work for a law firm and I've seen the ways people get burned every day....but I never go with "yup, we're all good, we have filed the necessary paperwork" without seeing it myself in writing.

Dr. Broncenstein
06-22-2010, 09:38 AM
Typical mentality of our generation: it's never my fault, someone else must be to blame, and that someone else must be sued.

Mr.Meanie
06-22-2010, 09:39 AM
Sounds like a lesson learned to me. If you are out fishing for a 900 grand prize, better make sure all of your shiat is in order.

Yep.

Tombstone RJ
06-22-2010, 09:46 AM
LMAO at the bass boat moron who got screwed because of a $5 fishing license... is there a more pathetic group of "sportsman" than fisherman? Really, it's not a sport, it's a past time that can pay some money if you are good at it. There's a reason much beer is consumed when fishing...

Now he's not gonna be able to buy that new truck and fifth wheel...

dbfan4life
06-22-2010, 10:41 AM
LMAO at the bass boat moron who got screwed because of a $5 fishing license... is there a more pathetic group of "sportsman" than fisherman? Really, it's not a sport, it's a past time that can pay some money if you are good at it. There's a reason much beer is consumed when fishing...

Now he's not gonna be able to buy that new truck and fifth wheel...

Fishing is a sport...only the fish don't know they're playing...

Rohirrim
06-22-2010, 10:51 AM
Tough break. But that marlin will still tastes great on the barby. ;d

Dendave
06-22-2010, 10:51 AM
Can't they just put the fish back on a hook, drag it through the water and have everyone get there paperwork together and then pull the fish back out of the water and say hey look what we just caught?

orange 4 life
06-25-2010, 12:19 AM
Mine was watching the Rockies climb back on top repeatedly only to have the pitching let them down.
What a bummer of a game.

When Smith's ball didn't go yard I knew we were toast.

hambone13
06-25-2010, 01:48 AM
LMAO at the bass boat moron who got screwed because of a $5 fishing license... is there a more pathetic group of "sportsman" than fisherman? Really, it's not a sport, it's a past time that can pay some money if you are good at it. There's a reason much beer is consumed when fishing...

Now he's not gonna be able to buy that new truck and fifth wheel...

I agree it's pathetic to not do your due diligence on such a prize but in fishing there is a clear distinction between competitive and non-competitive. The guys that do it for money are engaged in sport. It's not easy and requires expertise/experience but not talent. Hence, it is a sport. All you need to do to understand the level of competitive spirit is know or go to one of the events. It's ridiculous. These guys are sporting, trust me.

TailgateNut
06-25-2010, 07:32 AM
LMAO at the bass boat moron who got screwed because of a $5 fishing license... is there a more pathetic group of "sportsman" than fisherman? Really, it's not a sport, it's a past time that can pay some money if you are good at it. There's a reason much beer is consumed when fishing...

Now he's not gonna be able to buy that new truck and fifth wheel...

You ARE absolutely clueless.

1. When deep sea fishing you generally do not encounter too many Bass boats, and I bstrongly believe most fishermen either prefer salt or fresh water fishing. They may venture over to "the other side", but are generally dedicated to one or the other.
2. Why do you think it's not a sport? Because it's expensive and you can't afford to ever attempt to land a trophy fish? Tell me it's not a sport to handline a Wahoo or a Dolphin. Tell me it's not a sport after fighting a Cobia for 45 minutes and once you boat the fish your arms feel like tey are going to aputate themselves at the elbow, and your forearms are burning.

You ought to try it sometime. It's addictive, in a good way. :~ohyah!:

Rohirrim
06-25-2010, 09:00 AM
You ARE absolutely clueless.

1. When deep sea fishing you generally do not encounter too many Bass boats, and I bstrongly believe most fishermen either prefer salt or fresh water fishing. They may venture over to "the other side", but are generally dedicated to one or the other.
2. Why do you think it's not a sport? Because it's expensive and you can't afford to ever attempt to land a trophy fish? Tell me it's not a sport to handline a Wahoo or a Dolphin. Tell me it's not a sport after fighting a Cobia for 45 minutes and once you boat the fish your arms feel like tey are going to aputate themselves at the elbow, and your forearms are burning.

You ought to try it sometime. It's addictive, in a good way. :~ohyah!:

Anything that can be done while enjoying numerous beers is not a sport.

TailgateNut
06-25-2010, 09:51 AM
Anything that can be done while enjoying numerous beers is not a sport.

Hence the name: SPORTfishing! Right?

GoHAM
06-25-2010, 10:25 AM
Anything that can be done while enjoying numerous beers is not a sport.

Softball?

misturanderson
06-25-2010, 11:44 AM
Softball?

Softball, golf, bowling, fishing, horse racing, darts...