VIRAL VIDEO: Fishing Championship Erupts After Two Winners Caught Placing Iron Weights Inside Their Catch

The Sharon Herald reports:

In a scandal rocking the competitive fishing world, a Hermitage-based angler and his partner are accused of illegally putting weights in the fish they caught Friday during the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship event.

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon, of Cleveland, had been the event’s apparent winners until a tournament official cut open one of the fish they caught, as seen in a YouTube video, and produced weights, which would have increased the poundage of their catch.

Heading into the season-culminating championship event, Cominsky and Runyon had led the season standings for team of the year.

Sports Illustrated reports:

When the weights were discovered, the duo was disqualified from the event, which gave another duo the title. The crowd waiting around was furious once the officials announced Cominsky and Runyon cheated. Before the scandal, Cominsky and Runyon were winning the season standings for the professional fishing team of the year.

The director of the Lake Erie Walleye Trail event Jason Fischer posted about the controversy on the circuit page’s Facebook. “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,” Fischer said.

At last year’s Fall Brawl fishing tournament, the duo was disqualified following their win after one of them failed a polygraph test. These lie detecting tests are often given at fishing tournaments.

Who knew that fishing tournaments end with lie detector tests? Also, “hundreds of thousands” in prizes? At this writing the clip below has over 9.5 million views.