APEX, N.C. -- An eighth-grade student from Apex won't end up in the record books after all for catching a blue marlin, a white marlin and a sailfish in the same day.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the catch by Will Kilpatrick violated rules of the International Game Fish Association for a billfish grand slam.
Will's father, Mike, says that a first mate handed the rod to his son when the blue marlin hit June 22. That violates IFGA rules, which say no one else can touch the rod, reel or line once the fish bites.
Mike Kilpatrick attributes the error to a lack of fishing experience since Will was on his first deep-sea fishing trip.
Will's catch would have been the third official North Carolina billfish grand slam.