Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon were declared winners at the weigh-in at the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship in Cleveland after weighing in their catch. But were soon faced with allegations of cheating. This is after their fellow competitors found some bizarre items stuffed in their catches, TMZ reported.
Video of what happened shows someone cutting open the fish and pulling out what appears to be lead weights. There were even the filets of another fish that the men had allegedly stuffed down the throats of their catches to make them heavier.
Multiple people can be heard urging someone to “call the cops.” This would be to file a police report over the alleged cheating scandal.
“You got thousands of f***ing dollars you stole from everyone!” someone accuses.
Serious Controversy in Pro fishing tournament as multiple-time winners caught stuffing lead weights and other fish filets in their fish to have the heaviest catch to win hundreds of thousands in prizes. pic.twitter.com/Sxqeo2XC0K
— Billy (@Billyhottakes) October 1, 2022
According to The Toledo Blade, this isn’t the first time the two fishermen have been accused of cheating.
Winners of the tournament receive cash prizes of up to $100,000. The winner is determined by the weight of their five largest catches, according to the LEWT website. Another prize goes to the largest single walleye caught.
The official Facebook page for the fishing event claims that the latest incident proved there was cheating during the competition.
“Disgusted guys and gals, I’m sorry for letting you down for so long and I’m glad I caught cheating taking place in YOUR LEWT at the same time,” Tournament Director and police officer Jason Fischer said, adding, “I hope you know now that when I say ‘you built this LEWT and I will defend its integrity at all costs,’ I mean it. You all deserve the best.”
Pro fishing isn’t the only sport to have been plagued by an alleged cheating scandal recently. Last month, the number one chess player in the world resigned against 19-year-old Hans Niemann. The 19-year-old was widely suspected of cheating against him in a recent tournament.
Although Niemann has a history of cheating. He has admitted to cheating twice in online games when he was younger, calling them mistakes he made because he was young. He denied claims he had cheated against Magnus Carlsen. Chess.com countered Niemann’s claims and showed evidence that he had cheated more frequently.