Editorial board opinion: Poco Bueno Rules Committee made tough call

By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 21, 2010 at 2:21 a.m.

Certainly, the call to disqualify the blue marlin caught by the crew of Marlin Majic in the Poco Bueno Fishing Tournament was difficult.

We think, in competition, such calls are always troublesome, but that is why we have a referee, a judge, an umpire, and in this case, the Poco Bueno Fishing Tournament Rules Committee.

Although the Marlin Majic caught the largest blue marlin at 476.5 pounds, the rules committee deemed the way the marlin was caught broke the rules of the contest, so the blue marlin catch was disqualified.

Instead, the crew of Whap Bam Boom's 465-pound blue marlin won the $500,000 prize.

Rules are never black and white; there are always gray areas. But that's why a rules committee is necessary. And the rules committee made the call, and we think it was a tough one that should be respected.

The crew of the Marlin Majic acted ethically and was above board on the catch. And we understand the disappointment.

It's a sad letdown for the Marlin Majic crew, and we hope Marlin Majic will return next year to compete again.

And we hope the Poco Bueno fishing competition continues for years and years to come.

It's a great and unique event for Port O'Connor and the area, one in which multitudes of people follow and flock to POC, anticipating who will bring in the big one.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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