Friday, 4 March 2011

Cheaters Sometimes Prosper



I was messing around on the internet the other day and read a story about a guy caught cheating during a major bass fishing tournament. He had stuffed lead weights into his fish before the weigh-in.


It wasn’t just sticking a chunk of lead down the fish’s throat; he had a well thought out system with a treble hook tied to a short leader and then the sinker so that the lead wouldn’t go down the bass’ throat far enough to be detected just by feeling the fish’s belly.

He was caught when all of the fish which had died during that day’s fishing were filleted so that the meat would not go to waste. During the cleaning of the fish, the lead weights were discovered.

A little detective work soon narrowed down the suspects and at the weigh-in on the next day of the tournament his catch was scrutinized. All of his fish were discovered to have the added weights.

Because the prize value of the tournament included cash as well as a $50,000.00 boat, the cheater found he was not only facing the shame of exposure but also criminal prosecution.

Now here is the thing, this guy was a top bass pro with life time tournament winnings of somewhere around $300,000.00.

He had a well thought out system for adding the lead weights to his fish. A system that meant he had to rig up his hooks and leaders and weights with full knowledge and premeditation.

It wasn’t whim or a moment of careless desperation. How many times did he cheat? Once, twice, every time? No one knows but him and he isn’t saying.

If you do a Google search for “cheating + fishing + tournaments” you will find out that there are lots more examples; some funny, some stupid and some just disgusting. It makes for an interesting read.

It has been written that the quest for money is the root of all evil. It must be true if fishermen, otherwise the most trustworthy of liars, can be corrupted into being simply real liars by the prizes and cash of a big fishing tournament.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous credit card casino said...

And there is a similar analogue?

29 March 2011 03:56  
Anonymous Brad said...

Hey Steve,

got my Licence today, tied up this weekend but maybe next week when the weather warms up!
At least head out for a coffee and a look at the water.....

Cheers,

Brad "Fishhawk"

1 April 2011 06:42  
Blogger Steve Dobson said...

Sounds good Brad;

Shootin' the breeze about fishing in the warmth of a coffee shop is the next best thing to actually fishing while freezin' your butt off in the disappointment of Nova Scotia's spring.

Cheers,
Steve

1 April 2011 19:38  
Blogger John said...

Steve
The same story happens every year on Lake Ontaio with the salmon derby. Plentiful big fish combined with big money exposes the sordid underbelly of the sport.
Hey... where are all the Canadian fishing bloggers? I can find 10 from Fiji for every 1 in Canada. What's wrong with that?

6 August 2011 18:48  
Anonymous tasmania fishing said...

I appreciate your points and fully agree with them. Obviously your strategy has worked and there is no way to argue against results.

2 December 2011 15:48  
Anonymous Jagatguru Kripalu ji Maharaj said...

One should always keep an eye on the restricted areas and it may be very problematic at some stages.

12 December 2011 16:00  

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