A Fish Story Where The Cash Prize Got Away

When college senior Peter Wann reeled in an 883-pound marlin off the coast of North Carolina earlier this month, he thought for sure he and his shipmates had won nearly a million dollars in prize money in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Unfortunately, his prize slipped the hook.

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AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

Here's a fish story - a really, really big fish story. But this time, it was not the fish that got away, it was actually caught - an 883-pound marlin off the coast of North Carolina. When college senior Peter Wann reeled it in earlier this month, he thought for sure he and his shipmates had won nearly a million dollars in prize money in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

CORNISH: 51 p.m. The monster marlin was snagged at 3:16. Tournament officials normally give lie-detector tests to the winner to make sure they followed the rules, and Wann's and that of the boat captain's raised concerns.

And so even though their marlin was 50 pounds heavier than any previous winner, Wann and company were disqualified. The prize money went to the closest runner-up - for a paltry 528-pounder.

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