The Surge of Cheating in Pro Sports

“Oh, gross,” said the fish as Paul Ryan kissed it.

So may questions. How does someone cheat at fishing?

The would-be winners of almost $29,000 at an Ohio fishing tournament were disqualified on Friday, after it was discovered their fish were stuffed with lead weights and fish fillets.

Jason Fischer, director of the Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournament, told CNN he was immediately suspicious when one team’s fish weighed almost twice what he expected they would at the Cleveland championship weigh-in.

The walleye in the bucket looked like they should each weigh around 4 pounds, but the total weight indicated they would have to be at least 7 pounds each, he said.

“I thought, there’s just no way,” he said. “I could also hear the crowd grumbling, like ‘no way, there’s no way.’ “

“I physically felt the fish, I could feel hard objects inside the fish,” he said.

Throw the book at ‘em, demands another professional angler:

One of the winners at an Ohio fishing tournament this past weekend hopes two alleged cheaters face the maximum penalty as a result of the cheating scandal that’s rocked the competitive fishing world.

“I just hope they get them for everything they can for what they’ve done,” said Steve Hendricks, who along with his teammate won Team of the Year after the two apparent cheaters were disqualified.

Given the prize stakes, maybe this could actually be actionable? I mean $29K Ameros could buy a lot of bait. [“Thanks, I’ll see myself out.”]

When I was a kid, my dad would tell stories about the shark in the lake that got his fish as he was reeling it in. That’s a kind of cheating, right? Mean old shark.

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6 Responses to The Surge of Cheating in Pro Sports

  1. Carl Hiassen “Double Whammy” 1987 a novel about exposing a cheater in bass fishing tournaments. Notable for one of the most gruesome deaths in his books, a fisherman killed by a june bug to the eye as he sped across a lake at 80 MPH.

    Based loosely on real events as are all his books.

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  2. Stony Pillow says:

    Those two guys are Making Angling Great Again.

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  3. glitterbug says:

    This has probably been going on a long time with the smart cheaters adding a little weight, maybe 10 % max, not stupid enough to DOUBLE the average weight.

    They’re going to have to X-Ray all the fish now. LOL!

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  4. w3ski4me says:

    As to be expected, this has started an avalanche of weighted fish memes. Someone asked for a metal detector to be present, but that wouldn’t catch the extra fillets stuffed inside. What, the lead wasn’t heavy enough? Probably going with Xray for any serious tournament now.
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  5. w3ski4me says:

    Also, I was boat fishing once and had a Seal eat a caught Barracuda, off the line as it was being reeled in. Nothing but the head was left on the hook. Damned scary when it feels like it’s reeling you in.
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