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Could this happen here?

Post by aussiebasser » Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:44 pm

Bud Light Trail News Release (10-25-2009)

USA Bass Trails officials, who manage and own the Bud Light Trail (BLT) bass fishing tournament program, would like to release a statement regarding the disqualification of one of the contestants from the Lake Ray Hubbard Big Bass Tournament held on October 24, 2009. Statements have been withheld until now in order to ensure all the facts were obtained and the information was given to the proper law enforcement authorities.

During an hourly weigh in at the BLT Ray Hubbard Big Bass Tournament an angler brought a large fish to the weigh in check point. The fish was transferred from the weigh bag containing the fish to the official weigh bag. The BLT Tournament Director, after weighing the fish, asked that the fish be put in a holding tank behind the weigh in stage. This fish would have been the largest fish of the hour. After the hourly weigh in was completed the angler was asked to take a polygraph. This is required for all participants who catch the biggest bass of the hour. During inspection of the fish, by the fish handler and the tournament director, irregularities were discovered. A decision was made by tournament officials to interrupt the polygraph and have the angler and polygraph examiner witness an inspection of the bass. The angler was asked to remove the contents in the stomach of the bass or the contents would be inspected by BLT officials by whatever means possible. The angler chose to remove the contents and a lead weight was removed from inside the fish and handed to a tournament official. The angler then apologized to all who witnessed the removal of the lead weight. He was notified by the tournament director that he was disqualified. No objection or explanation was given by the angler as he left the weigh in location. The fish and lead weight were then reweighed separately and pictures were taken. The Texas Game Wardens were immediately notified. Statements were given by tournament officials and all evidence was given to the Texas Game Wardens.

All of us involved with the BLT program are saddened by this situation and the impact it may have on the angler, his family and friends. The BLT officials will cooperate with the legal authorities as they proceed with the evidence provided to the Game Wardens. The BLT officials, speaking both as anglers and tournament providers, want our anglers and sponsors to know that we will do our best to provide a fair and honest tournament event. We wish to thank all the anglers who have fished with us this year and hope that you will continue to do so.

Thank you,
USA Bass Trails/Bud Light Trail Officials
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Post by aussiebasser » Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:46 pm

The angler was Robbie Rose, and the lead weight weighed 1lb.
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Re: Could this happen here?

Post by fishconnect » Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:51 pm

Haha,

How many times have we all laughed about sticking sinkers up a breams bung hole!!!

Got to be pretty desperate to do something like this, about the only lead I have left in a bream or bass are when they totally swallow the jighead.

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Post by aussiebasser » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:03 pm

Sadly, this guy has already won a couple of hundred thousand during his career.
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Post by s9500 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:39 pm

Its a sad day when a hand held Garret wands or other metal detection devices would become the norm for a comp. Some sad puppies out there ... greed. Life bans from all comps - fresh or saltwater and make it be national - each state has its own 'prevention of cruelty legislation which can readily be enforced by the respective Fisheries department.

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Post by Alistair » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:36 pm

s9500 wrote:Its a sad day when a hand held Garret wands or other metal detection devices would become the norm for a comp. Some sad puppies out there ... greed. Life bans from all comps - fresh or saltwater and make it be national - each state has its own 'prevention of cruelty legislation which can readily be enforced by the respective Fisheries department.
I cant comment on other states but in NSW fisheries have no powers to investigate or enforce any animal cruelty legislation. I believe Victoria is the same but QLD may differ as the DPI does have some involvment in animal cruelty investigation.

In NSW, fish, unless in a resturaunt or busness (pet shop) do not come under any animal welfare legislation.
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Re: Could this happen here?

Post by stuartb » Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:50 pm

asked that the fish be put in a holding tank behind the weigh in stage....... During inspection of the fish, by the fish handler and the tournament director, irregularities were discovered
With a 1lb weight stuck in it .....it probably sank to the bottom of the tank like a rock and was anchored there either nose up or nose down depending on which end it was stuck in...... It probably had a pretty uncomfortable look on its face as well.

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Re: Could this happen here?

Post by alpharipper » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:08 pm

Discusting to think someone would do this. A joke is a joke when we say it but we would never do it, but maybe someone should stick it up them and look at them squirm.

Maybe they should weight the fish and the weight inserted and work out the ration then insert the ratio amount into the idiot.

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Re: Could this happen here?

Post by flyrot » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:53 pm

Yeah right, as if someone would even consider getting that past Marcel!!
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Re: Could this happen here?

Post by tomdeer » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:11 am

I'm not a 100% sure, but I think that this is also classed as fraud, and there for a federal offence. Could mean a jail term.

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Post by DaveW » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:19 pm

Quite frankly, it's not "could this hapen here?" but "how often has this happened here".

Human nature - if it can happen it will happen.
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Post by arpie » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:07 pm

I lived in NZ for 15 years & heard of this occurring during a snapper competition - only problem being that the fish in this comp were brought in dead, not alive (common for back then) & they weren't gutted either ...... so it wasn't discovered until after the event had been run & won. They never found out who the culprit was. What happened afterwards, apparantly, was that the fish were filleted & skinned & the fillets donated to the local Old Folks Home, with the carcasses being put thru a mincer, for berley. The lead weight that had been stuck down some poor fish's gullet, going thru the mincer, nearly destroyed the machine. If he'd just stuffed it full of bait fish, it wouldn't have been picked up!

Another time, a guy had caught a terrific snapper a few days prior to the event, so had 'tethered' it in a secret spot, 'catching' it during the comp. Unfortunately, the tether had really damaged the fish's lower jaw & when questions were asked he 'fessed up.

I also heard of a fish that was kept in a metal cage until the comp day, when it was 'caught' and brought in for weighing .... but it had lots of damage to its scales from the confined space & he was also sprung.

Unfortunately,some folk feel the need to cheat, and they obviously feel they can justify it. In NZ, if you win a major snapper comps (like the 90 Mile Beach one) you are an instant celebrity & win something like $50,000 ....... they should definitely be charged with fraud, as well as being drummed out of any fishing competition for life!

I would be very surprised if cheating has not occurred in fishing comps here in Aus

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Post by aussiebasser » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:24 pm

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