A Superior Court judge in North Carolina dismissed a lawsuit brought by the owners of the fishing vessel Citation challenging the team's disqualification from the 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
WNCT-TV reported the judge concluded that tournament officials were right to disqualify the boat after discovering that one of the crewmembers did not have a state fishing license.
The team from Citation lost out on $912,825 in prize money. A one-year fishing license for North Carolina residents costs $15.
"It hurts," Andy Thomossan, whose boat, Citation, caught an 883-pound blue marlin, told USA Today last year. "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?"
Under tournament rules anyone fishing aboard a vessel must have a North Carolina fishing license, including the captain, mate and anglers.