Fishermen Who Stuffed Fish With Weights Indicted On Felonies
The two men who almost got away with cheating their way to victory in a fishing contest by stuffing their fish with lead weights and fish filets have been indicted on multiple felony charges.
Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominski have been indicted on attempted grand theft and possessing criminal tools - both felonies. They've also been charged with the misdemeanor charge of unlawfully owning wild animals.
Their boat - which they used in the tournament - has been seized by officials as well.
The two would have walked away with $28,760 from this competition.
Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky's weigh-in of five walleyes came up to 34 pounds total - nearly double the typical weight for five walleyes of around 20 pounds.
So, Fischer cut open one fish's stomach and found walleye filets and lead balls that had been stuffed down the fish's throat, he said. He found the same in one of the other fish.
"We got weights in fish!" Fischer screamed so everyone else knew they had been cheated out of the $30,000 in prize money.
“He needs to be arrested, he needs to be prosecuted!” one of the crowd members yelled, while another shouted, “Call the f—king cops!”
Runyan and Cominsky have made more than $100,000 in their competitive career.
No word on what the punishment has been for the fisherman yet, other than the loss of their win and prize money from this tournament.
The two have won multiple other cash prizes this year, but the legitimacy of those wins has been called into question, and any tournament they've won is being investigated internally.
Many said it was suspicious that the two never donated their fish to a food pantry like the rest of the participants in the competitions, and now it makes sense why.
Memes are starting to trickle out of the incident.
From what we can tell, just since June, the duo has won at least $50,000.