BUSTED: Fishing Derby Fraudsters Face Some SERIOUS Criminal Charges

Written by Wes Walker on October 13, 2022

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We all know that one fisherman whose stories are even crazier than Joe Biden’s latest Corn Pop tales but these guys took fish tales to a whole new level.

‘It was five feet long if it was an inch!’

Uh, huh. Sure it was grandpa. We all believe you. Isn’t it time for your heart medication now?

But lying about your catch when there’s prize money on the line is a whole other issue.

You may have heard the story about the fishing bros who got caught stuffing weights into their catch to pad their derby numbers.

In this 15 min video, the weigh-in by the two fishermen in question is around the 10-minute mark, where they are declared the winner… and then from about the 14-minute mark, someone discovers the con, guts the fish and discovers the weights.

They didn’t know it yet, but their lives were about to take a serious turn for the worse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdsVAu5iDzc

There was public humiliation of being outed as losers. They deserved that. But there was a criminal investigation too. That investigation has been wrapped up, and there’s some seriously bad news for the lying anglers.

Two anglers accused of stuffing fish with lead weights and fillets in an attempt to win thousands of dollars in an Ohio fishing tournament were indicted on Wednesday on charges of attempted grand theft and other counts.
Jacob Runyan, 42, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Chase Cominsky, 35, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, were indicted in Cleveland on felony charges of cheating, attempted grand theft, possessing criminal tools and misdemeanor charges of unlawfully owning wild animals.
The pair are due to be arraigned October 26.
…According to search warrant affidavits, the five walleye contained a total of eight 12-ounce lead weights and two 8-ounce weights, as well as the fish fillets.
An investigation was conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The weights were discovered after the tournament director noticed that the fish weighed heavier than they looked and proceeded to slice the fish open.
Officers from ODNR, the Hermitage Police Department and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seized a boat, trailer and fishing gear belonging to Cominsky on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
— DailyMail

At stake for the winner of the derby they were caught cheating in was $28,760 in prizes.

The guy who caught them has one heck of a fish story to tell his grandkids.

Better still, it’s true!

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