According to the story, the dispute centers around whether the boat's first mate had the correct type of fishing license at the time the tournament-winning fish was caught. Tournament rules dicated that all boats were required to have a "highly migratory species fishing permit" plus anyone who participated in the fishing also had to have an individual recreational fishing license. The boat's first mate, according to the story, didn't have one, so he purchased his recreational license via laptop on the way back into the weigh-in. Since he helped land the fish, Wann was subsequently fined for fishing without a license, which carried a $35 fine and $125 in court costs. That, in turn, led the tournament to disqualify the team and award the prize to the second-place boat.