The Great Professional Fishing Scandal of 2022

Discussion in 'Sports' started by ole_orange, Oct 1, 2022.

  1. ole_orange

    ole_orange Member

    Not sure where to put this on this website so I started a new thread, but there is a video that is going viral today of a couple professional fishers caught cheating red handed. Absolutely fascinating imo. Apparently hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the line in these tournaments and these two have been winning tournaments like this for years, so I completely understand the anger being expressed by their competitors here. The guys who are being exposed as cheaters seem absolutely shell shocked that the jig is up. Who knew professional fishing could be so dramatic?

     
  2. IP

    IP It's just business.

    That's a very shitty thing to do. [uck fay] those guys.
     
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  3. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Founder of the Mike Honcho Fan Club

    Man, those are not even little lead weights. Size of tangerines. That whole sport is brutal, too, as it is a blood sport of sorts. Those fish don't live long after those tournaments.
     
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  4. IP

    IP It's just business.

    There are worlds between the survival rate of catch and release, trophy fishing, and what these chuckle [uck fay]s are doing. There's no respect for other people, the sport, or the animals in what they are doing.
     
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  5. ole_orange

    ole_orange Member

    You have to think criminal charges could be in play. Fraudulently stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars is some serious stuff.
     
  6. IP

    IP It's just business.

    I'm not sure it is legal to stuff lead sinkers down a fish's throat. Seems cruel and unusual.
     
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  7. ole_orange

    ole_orange Member

    Yea a DA could likely go after them on multiple fronts: fraud and animal cruelty. Hell in addition to the lead weights, they were filleting up smaller fish and stuffing their diced up remains into the fish they were officially submitting to weigh in. Just a ridiculous redneck amount of cheating
     
  8. JT5

    JT5 Super Moderator

    But how do you prove it in prior tournaments?
     
  9. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Founder of the Mike Honcho Fan Club

    You can't. Would be interesting to see if they were doing crappy for a while then all of a sudden came out of nowhere.
     
  10. JT5

    JT5 Super Moderator

    gotta think this is a lifetime ban though, right? I don’t know shit about the pro fishing circuit, but that’s gotta be a 1-strike, death penalty offense.
     
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  11. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Founder of the Mike Honcho Fan Club

    Yeah, this isn't an "oopsie" type screw up. Not only are you cheating, but you are willfully and cruelly making those fish suffer.
     
  12. ole_orange

    ole_orange Member

    If that sport is worth a salt, there’s no way they can’t be banned for life. That’s gotta be the equivalent of the Black Sox throwing the World Series in terms of cheating for that sport. As egregious as it gets
     
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  13. utvol0427

    utvol0427 Chieftain

    The real crime is that professional fishing is actually a thing.
     
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  14. ole_orange

    ole_orange Member

    Pretty sure that particular tournament alone had a purse worth hundreds of thousands. The potential monetary fraud involved in that singular event alone would cross a felony threshold.
     
  15. Ssmiff

    Ssmiff Thick like Quaker Oats. AKA chubby.

    He’s gonna get his ass whipped very soon.
     
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  16. IP

    IP It's just business.

    I could look at a range of weights by length then fit their catch to that curve. If it is standards of deviation off, it is pretty compelling evidence.
     
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  17. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator

    As some one that generally wins a few thousand dollars a year fishing tournaments, those guys will probably get an ass kicking and should be banned for life.


    MLF probably has the best set up for professional fishing. They have a judge that weighs the fish on every boat and is immediately released after weighing.
     
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  18. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Founder of the Mike Honcho Fan Club

    Wish more tournaments could afford to do this, they just can't.
     
  19. OneForVol

    OneForVol Well-Known Member

    It’s way more fun than you think unless you don’t like to fish.
     
  20. OneForVol

    OneForVol Well-Known Member

    Survival rate is actually pretty high most of the year. Most professional fisherman know how to care for their fish in the live well. Now in the summer time there tends to be more of a loss of fish. There are severe penalties for bringing in dead fish in most tournaments, even the local ones that I fish.
     

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