December 7, 2022

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The two winners of the competition were disqualified for putting weight on the fish

A pair of fishermen were about to receive a R$ 150,000 prize for the incredible weight of their catch during a tournament in Ohio, USA, when they were publicly exposed by the organizers. They found that the men stuffed the fish offered in the competition with lead weights and fillets of other fish.

Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournament director Jason Fischer said in a video posted on the tournament’s official page that he became suspicious when a team’s fish weighed nearly twice as much as expected at the championship weigh-in in Cleveland, Ohio.

“When the green cranes caught by this group were weighed in a bucket, they appeared to weigh 1.8 kilograms each, but the total weight was at least 3.18 kilograms each,” the director said in the video. “I thought, ‘That’s not possible,'” he said. “I could also hear the crowd muttering, ‘No work, no way.'”

By touching one of the fish, Fischer said, he could feel the hard material inside. The moment Fischer discovered the alleged fraud was captured in videos posted on social media, showing the director surrounded by rivals cutting the fish with knives and pulling out what he described as a lead ball.

Jacob Runyan, a member of the alleged cheating duo, remained silent when discovered. “We have weight inside the fish,” Fischer shouted. In the official video posted on the networks, you can see when the participants start to insult. Runyan.

By touching one of the fish, Fischer said, he could feel the hard material inside. The moment Fischer discovered the alleged fraud was captured in videos posted on social media, showing the director surrounded by rivals cutting the fish with knives and pulling out what he described as a lead ball.

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Jacob Runyan, a member of the alleged cheating duo, remained silent when discovered. “We have weight inside the fish,” Fischer shouted. In the official video posted on the networks, you can see when the participants start to insult. Runyan.

“You’ve lost everything,” a man tells the fisherman. The video shows Fischer telling Runyan to leave and asking the crowd not to touch him.

Runyan And your companion, Give chase Kaminsky, to win a prize of nearly R$150,000, Fischer told CNN. The prize money paid in each tournament he organizes comes from the entry fee paid by each angler to compete. Runyan And your companion, Give chase Kaminsky, to win a prize of nearly R$150,000, Fischer told CNN. The prize money paid in each tournament he organizes comes from the entry fee paid by each angler to compete.

Fischer organizes about eight tournaments throughout the year, drawing competitors from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Competitors face off to see who can reach the total weight of a bucket of five fish caught in Lake Erie.

Angered by what happened, Fischer says the tournament’s organization is in touch with local authorities. Stephanie O’Grady, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, told CNN the department was gathering evidence Friday and preparing a report for the Cuyahoga County Attorney’s Office.