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Cheating In Bass Tournaments

Cheaters are not true sportsmen and have no place in a bass tournament.

Invariably when there is money at stake some will try to rig the system in their favor. This doesn't happen frequently in bass tournaments but does exist on local and the national level. Serious penalties have been imposed and in many states an angler caught cheating in a bass tournament could be charged with a felony offense.

The first time I heard about cheating in a bass tournament was at least 30 years ago when an angler tried to enter a large bass in a Big Bass Tournament held on a lake in northeast Texas. After a day or two of fishing the angler bringing in the largest bass would win a very large sum of money. The angler had a friend ship in a Florida strain bass from that state and kept it on ice until the day of the tournament.

There are some minor differences in different species of bass. The Florida strain often grows much larger than native bass and is a popular choice when stocking lakes and streams in our waters today. But in that day the Florida strain of bass had not been introduced into that lake. The angler weighed in the bass and agents quickly identified that it could not have been caught in their waters. The angler was disqualified.

There are more ways than one can imagine that some have use to cheat in a bass tournament. Not long ago an angler fishing the western opens and had winnings of over $200,000 was found cheating by adding lead weights to the belly of the fish. In one case several of his fish had died. Most tournaments practice catch and release but fish do die at times and are cleaned and given to charities. While cleaning some of the anglers fish the lead weights were discovered. The angler was charged and banned for life from fishing many tournaments.

In most tournament trails anglers are allowed some "practice" time to learn the lake and locate some fish. During this practice time some have caught fish before the tournament and have tied the fish to some tree or other underwater structure by a strong line. Then the angler fishes in the location, snags the line and puts the fish in the boat. In one tournament another angler found some of these fish tied in this manor and alerted the authorities about it. The authorities cut small samples off the fins of the fish and then checked the fish at weigh-in finding and identifying the fish by the samples they took. The angler was disqualified and placed under further investigation.

There have been other instance of cheaters fishing bass tournaments caught in my area also. One angler lived on a certain lake would catch fish prior to a tournament and put them into a small swimming pool behind his house. I've passed by that same trailer and remember seeing the small pool behind his home many times. During a tournament he would have a friend bring the cheater the fish in an isolated location. Authorities became suspicious and began to observe the angler and was subsequently caught in the act.

Due to possible cheating in bass tournaments anglers are now required to sign a registration form with an added clause that the angler may but subject to a polygraph test. Yep...I won a nice tournament in my area and had to take a polygraph test. No problem if you have nothing to hide. I did pass the test easily...:)

Being caught cheating in a bass tournament can have far reaching consequences to the offending angler. Depending on the payout of the tournament, one caught cheating can be a felony offense in many states. That should be serious enough to deter these cheaters. If convicted the cheater may also loose all hunting and fishing privileges in that state. Hunting and fishing on most states is a privilege not a right.

One angler in our area would have won a tournament but when requested refused to take the polygraph test. He was, off course, disqualified from the tournament and band not only from fishing that tournament but also most others in the area. The angler has branded himself as a cheater and not many tournament directors are going to allow a known cheater into their club.

Cheaters have no place in bass tournaments or anywhere else for that mater. A cheater is literally stealing money out of the pockets of the very same anglers that may have called him a friend. I fish bass tournaments for pleasure with a chance to maybe get a check. I do have a competitive spirit but not a win at all cost attitude. If I do have a good day on the lake then great. But if not I review my plan and see where I can improve next time. That is the spirit of these bass tournaments. To make one a better angler, sportsman, and in the process learn ways to conserve our wonderful natural resources.


Street Talk

hi kevin - i've fished a lot of saltwater tourneys and never have seen anyone get caught cheating but have heard plenty of stories about it - what is the cost of your integrity? the whole world hates a cheater! steve cerrone

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  about 2 years ago

When one is caught cheated you are marked for life.....you would be banned from most all tournament trails...pretty stupid to even think about it...

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  about 2 years ago

can you imagine being banned from the thing that you love the most just for money?

  
  about 2 years ago
Golfspice  

Some of the cheating you describe is obviously planned rather than impulse cheating, which makes it seem worst. Notwithstanding possible felony charges, I would imagine that anglers are a close knit community and once uncovered, cheats are forced out of the sport by fellow anglers. I'm assuming these are the actions of a small percentage of anglers when compared to the millions of anglers the world over.

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  about 2 years ago

Another informative article on the world of fishing, Kevin. This is very interesting. Keep them coming!

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  about 2 years ago

I never really thought of all the ways you could cheat in bass fishing but wow there are plenty. That really is a shame, taking what is usually a relaxed, fun sport and having to cheat for financial gain.

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  about 2 years ago

In one local tournament hey found a basket full of bass tied to a tree, there have been offers to buy fish from others, even the use of cell phones are restricted to emergency use only but some still converse with others on the lake and "team" up if one is on fish or not...Thanks for visiting and commenting Shannon.

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  about 2 years ago

I guess we will always see the results of temptation. How could anyone be proud to win by cheating? Good article Kevin.

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks Shawn....I would have to be a very empty feeling to win by cheating instead of using the good skills that most of these cheaters have..

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  about 2 years ago

I have heard of this type thing happening in fishing competitions, it just seems so unsportsmanlike. Yet where there is money involved there will always be a cheat. It seems such a pity. Kevin, people of our age will remember the days where competition was for the accolades of applause, not for the big hand outs of today. I remember the thrill of winning a golf competition and the price was a golf ball. That was so long ago shame that our sports can come to this type practice.

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  about 2 years ago

Exactly Rob...I fish more for the accolades and pleasure of the day and meeting other friends on the lake...I get a big kick when someone hollers "Hey Hawgwild" in a store or lake somewhere...Most tourneys I fish now days are more for the social aspect than the money...With the addition of one being subject to a polygraph test has deterred most of that but is a shame it had to come to that too...

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  about 2 years ago
Joan S  

Sounds like poor sportsmanship for sure. I would think the embarrassment alone would be enough to deter cheaters. I had no idea this takes place at fishing tournaments. Whenever an athlete gets called down for cheating at the Olympics, I feel personally let down about it. You like to think these competitive events are real and people who reach this level of skill, are beyond cheating. Not always.

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  about 2 years ago

My feeling exactly Joan...Fishing these event people get to know each other and frequently meet off the lake in stores, work, etc....It would be hard for me to see anyone as a person branded as a cheater....thanks for visiting

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  about 2 years ago

It's so interesting...if cheaters would just spend the same energy to learn to do things better, they could still win, and do it with a true sense of pride. The concept baffles me.

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  about 2 years ago

Very true Dr. Becky...it's beyond me also...so much at stake by getting caught then branded as a cheater...

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  about 2 years ago

Kevin, Interesting topic. Surprising how much cheating and stealing goes on. Sad, too. Not just on all of the honest folks, either! Because, you know what it seems to me from observation? Many cheaters and stealers put more effort into theft than would be required to get 10x the return by going into business and helping people with positive stuff. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 2 years ago

Hi Cynthia...."Many cheaters and stealers put more effort into theft...." ..exactly....most are excellent anglers and would do well in most tournament anyway...Cheating in these tournaments is not that widespread but I usually hear of it at least once or twice nationwide...Some may get by for years but think that will eventually catch up with them...Thanks for visiting Cynthia

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks!

  
  about 2 years ago
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