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Fishing duo stripped tournament title their fishing catch were found to be stuffed with lead weights

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon would have added the weights to the fish in order to put them at the top of the rankings

Grab the hook, line and sinker! Moment LEAD WEIGHTS find themselves in the catches of the professional fishing duo and they are stripped of the tournament title and $5,000 prize – as the furious crowd berates them

  • Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon have been stripped of their titles after a tournament official discovered lead weights inside the fish they caught
  • Anglers had participated in the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship
  • Suspicions were raised at the weigh-in when their fish weighed almost double their nearest competitor
  • In the world of competitive fishing, by adding the weights to the fish, Cominsky and Runyon’s total weight increased and put them at the top of the leaderboard.
  • When the weights were discovered, the duo were disqualified from the event
  • The waiting crowd was furious once the officials announced they had cheated
  • Prior to the scandal, Cominsky and Runyon led the season rankings for Professional Fishing Team of the Year
  • Cominsky and Runyon have been embroiled in controversy in the past
  • During last year’s Fall Brawl Fishing Tournament, the duo were disqualified following their victory after one of them failed a polygraph test.

Two fishermen were caught cheating at a fishing tournament to make their catch look heavier by stuffing it with weights.

Pennsylvania’s Chase Cominsky and Ohio’s Jake Runyon were competing in the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship at Gordon Park in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday when they were caught in the act.

Cominsky and Runyon’s catch weighed nearly 33 pounds (15 kg) – almost double their nearest competitor.

Tournament Director Jason Fischer then decided to gut the fish, at which point the duo’s cheating came to light.

Inside each of the fish were several balls of lead, deliberately designed to add pounds to the pair’s catches and thus secure the title and the $5,000 prize that came with it.

‘We have weights in the fish!’ Fischer announced to the gathered crowd who quickly grew angry.

Questions are now being raised about other tournaments the pair have won in the past. They have already won several first place prizes and won a considerable amount of money in various LEWT events, including the 2021 championship.

The duo pulled off the best hold in last year’s Lake Erie Fall Brawl and attempted to claim the $100,000 prize, but were disqualified.

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon would have added the weights to the fish in order to put them at the top of the rankings

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon would have added the weights to the fish in order to put them at the top of the rankings

After their fish was weighed, the couple were told to stay for the fish to be photographed

After their fish was weighed, the couple were told to stay for the fish to be photographed

Suspicion was first aroused in the final moments of the tournament when the anglers’ catch was to be weighed into which their five heaviest fish of the day were to be placed on the scale.

There was outrage from onlookers who demanded answers, with some threatening to call the police.

The duo allegedly stuffed the items down the fish’s throats in order to increase their weight and improve their position in the tournament.

Alongside the lead weights were also slices of other reconstituted fish fillets that had been stuffed into the body of the catch, again to increase their weight.

The dramatic discovery was filmed and posted on social media. Runyon is asked on video if he has anything to say for himself but remains silent throughout

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon have been stripped of their titles after a tournament official discovered lead weights inside the fish they caught

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon have been stripped of their titles after a tournament official discovered lead weights inside the fish they caught

Ohio's Jake Runyon Could Do Nothing But Stay Quiet As Cheating Was Revealed

Ohio’s Jake Runyon Could Do Nothing But Stay Quiet As Cheating Was Revealed

Tournament Director Jason Fischer then decided to gut the fish, at which point the duo's cheating came to light.

Tournament Director Jason Fischer then decided to gut the fish, at which point the duo’s cheating came to light.

Fischer showed those gathered the lead weights that had been forced inside the fish

Fischer showed those gathered the lead weights that had been forced inside the fish

Other fishermen gathered at the event were furious as the pair were exposed as cheaters

Other fishermen gathered at the event were furious as the pair were exposed as cheaters

The pair have now been branded as “cheaters” on the official Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship event Facebook page and will be banned from all future tournaments.

“Disgusted guys and gals, I’m sorry I let you down for so long and I’m glad I caught cheating in YOUR LEWT at the same time.

‘I can’t think hard enough to post results, but congratulations Tsczyko and French and TOY Hendricks and Ulmer. The same goes for yak and open winners. I hope you now know that when I say “you built this LEWT and I will defend its integrity at all costs”, I mean it.

There was immediate anger from those gathered when the alleged cheating was revealed

There was immediate anger from those gathered when the alleged cheating was revealed

In the world of competitive fishing, by adding the weights to the fish, Cominsky and Runyon's total weight increased and put them at the top of the leaderboard.

In the world of competitive fishing, by adding the weights to the fish, Cominsky and Runyon’s total weight increased and put them at the top of the leaderboard.

Runyon continued to remain silent as he was stalked by another furious fisherman

Runyon continued to remain silent as he was stalked by another furious fisherman

At the time, the tournament director did not explain why other than to say that one of the men failed a polygraph test.

Runyon protested saying the fish were caught following the rules and they were innocent. According to the Toledo Blade, he even got a lawyer in an effort to sue their “winnings.”

At another event, the Rossford Walleye Roundup in Ohio, several contestants shared their suspicions that the pair’s fish “looked old” and may have been hidden before the event began.

After the event, the couple decided not to donate their catch to a local food bank like most other anglers did.

The organizers of those previous tournaments could now be weighing the options of taking legal action against the pair for alleged fraud and deceptive practices.

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