Cheating Scandal Rocks Lake Erie Fishing Tournament
Anglers Caught Stuffing Their Catch With Lead Weights And Other Fish Filets
An Ohio fisherman and his Pennsylvania teammate could be in hot water after being accused of cheating during a lucrative tournament on Lake Erie on Friday.
Jacob Runyan, of Cleveland, and Chase Cominsky, of Hermitage, Pa., were caught cheating at the season-ending event in the Lake Erie Walleye Trail series, according to a report in the Toledo Blade.
A graphic YouTube video appears to show the tournament director cutting into the pair’s catch and finding large lead weights, along with filets of other fish.
The pair, who have been accused of cheating in the past, are surrounded by other angry anglers in the video, which showed several weights and filets pulled from the fish.
“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 Jason Fischer wrote in a post on the tournament’s Facebook account.
Runyan and Cominsky were leading the series coming into the final event.