Fisherman caught in the act of stuffing fish confesses

Competitive fishermen Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky made headlines last fall after being accused of stuffing fish with weights and fillets during the Lake Erie Walleye Trail fishing tournament in September.

On Monday, the two pleaded guilty to multiple counts, including fraud, for their actions at the event where teams competed to catch the five heaviest walleyes at Cleveland’s Gordon Park.

After becoming increasingly suspicious of their 33.91-pound bait, significantly more than the sum of the average five walleyes, tournament director Jason Fischer found the duo had piled up their fish. by weight. Cleveland19 reports that 10 lead-weight balls and multiple walleye fillets were found inside the fish after they were dissected.

Runyan and Cominsky were automatically disqualified and subsequently prosecuted on father felonies, each receives one year in prison, and misdemeanors can be sentenced to 30 days in prison. The two were originally due to appear in court on Monday, but they reached a plea agreement instead.

According to Cleveland19, the men would have won $28,760 in prize money if they hadn’t been disqualified.

In a video from the weigh-in posted to Lake Erie Walleye Trail’s Facebook page, the audience questions the legitimacy of the capture of Runyan and Cominsky. individual videotapes shows an enraged mob of opponents surrounding Runyan, threatening him with legal action following the findings.

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