Fishing is one of life’s great pastimes, in so much that you can take it just as seriously as you intend to.
It doesn’t have to be done for sustenance. Nor is it purely done for sport and sport alone. Heck, sometimes, fishing isn’t even about catching fish at all, but rather an excuse to slow down and block out the rest of the world for a while.
In this way, fishing is sacred. It fits into our lives wherever and whenever it can, if we want it to.
For some, it’s a way to make a living too, where your wits, patience, and discipline all culminate in victory, besting the field by baiting and and luring and tricking the beast.
And so, as one can imagine, cheating isn’t looked too highly upon in the world of professional fishing.
A pair of fishermen were stripped of their $5,000 tournament win after judges in Ohio discovered that they had put lead weights inside their catch also faced the wrath of a furious crowd on Friday, according to a video of the scene.
Chase Cominsky from Pennsylvania and Jake Runyon from Ohio initially won the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship in Cleveland, Ohio’s Gordon Park on Sept. 30. They were awarded a $5,000 prize for their big win.
The scene was a wild one.
Inside the fish, the judge found lead sinkers, and it was realized that the two fishermen stuffed the weights inside their catch to make them weigh more so they could win the tournament.
After cutting the fish open, Fischer abruptly announced to the crowd, “We got weights on the fish!” And the crowd was not happy at all about being duped.
Folks in the crowd began suggesting that the fishermen be arrested for attempted theft of the prize money. And Fischer angrily wondered how many other tournaments these two cheated to win as Runyon stood by, stonefaced and silent.
Video of wild incident can be seen below:
The pair had been a rather successful streak of late, leading many to wonder how many other tournaments they’ve used the trick at, and how much money they’ve made with loaded fish.