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These jackwagons got caught stuffing their fish with lead weights wrapped in walleye fillets. I hope they get hammered big time. This tournament was worth 45k. Over the past few years they've won over a million in prize money and a boat. In a tournament they won this year in my backyard, Rossford OH, they weighed in some fish that looked like they've been dead for a week. They took off with their fish shortly after weigh-in, causing a lot of talk and suspicion....but nothing was done about it. This story has really grown some wheels, and it is being covered by all of the major national news outlets. I'd post the video, but it contains tons of profanities and threats. It's on the article link. One of the guys managed to get out of there, but the mob looks like it was ready to lynch the other guy. The good part starts at 4:50.

https://www.tmz.com/2022/10/01/pro-fishing-champs-cheating-scandal-stuffed-walleye-weights/

Trouble on the waterfront in Ohio -- a couple of fishermen have been accused of cheating to make their catches seem heavier than they were ... and the video proof is damning.

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon -- both locals -- were apparently caught stuffing their walleye with weights and other debris ... with things coming to a head on Friday as their fish were being weighed, and then cut open to expose the truth on Lake Erie.


As you can see, tourney officials started pulling out these little metal balls from the insides of the fish that Cominsky and Runyon had up for consideration -- some are saying they're made of lead, but in any case ... they seem to have been jammed in for extra poundage.

There are also slices of what some claim are fish fillets -- in other words, these guys are alleged to have cut pieces of other fish and stuffed them inside as well, clandestinely.

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Some outlets are reporting that these two fellas were actually the frontrunners of this tournament -- dubbed the Lake Erie Walleye Trail in Cleveland's Gordon Park -- but that obviously came to a screeching halt when everyone caught wind of what had happened.

You can hear the utter outrage from people on the ground ... they were screaming at these guys, demanding answers and even threatening to call the police. Runyon was asked on camera if he had anything to say for himself -- but he stayed silent and just looked on.


There are reports of the fisherman going on to win other contests in and around the area -- and now, all of the accolades (and prize money) they've racked up are coming into question.

The official event page on FB had a harsh statement, calling out these gentlemen as straight-up cheaters. They write, "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."


They add, "I can’t think enough to post results, but congrats Tsczyko and French and TOY Hendricks and Ulmer. Same goes to the yak and open winners. I hope you know now that when I say ”you built this LEWT and I will defend its integrity at all costs”, I mean it."


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Saw that yesterday. Once I delved into the story -- and their continuing "success" -- I couldn't understand why they continued to cheat. People had been accusing them for a while as they kept winning. I guess there was a tournament that actually gives you a lie detector test after the catch, they were DQ'd after they failed, that would have been a wakeup call right there.

Everybody hates cheaters. This one also falls into the category of "dumb criminals". Pathetic.


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don't watch much fishing tournaments... so don't really have any real ties to this story... but I think they should be banned for a significant amount of time...


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I saw the video of this yesterday and it is absolutely wild and hilarious.

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That's disgraceful. They needed their asses beat.


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Saw a meme earlier today on facebook. Picture of fish tacos, from Port Clinton Ohio, with shell, fish, and then lead weights on top. (heaviest fish tacos around)

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Wrong in so many ways !

It's like theft !

Someone always ruining a good thing !

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Yep. That was hilarious!

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Glad you posted the pic. I couldn't.

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Geez. Greedy. Don’t they know… gotta lose a few to make it look legit. 😆 Reminds me of a golf scramble that I played in back in 2002. Some redneck course out past Columbia Station. My boss’s family ran the event - they were great people. But a couple guys- friends of a friend joined the scramble as well.There were 8 groups total and our group of 4 played lights out. Best ball and we ended up 7 under certain we had won the main prize - decent amount of cash and a couple gift certificates to a local steakhouse. We turned our card in, and minutes later a group of two guys - one of whom had baseball cleats on, turned in a card with a score of 10 under. Complete bs. They got the main prize and our group received a set of wal-mart head covers and a 20 gift certificate to Olive Garden. With nobody that we knew as part of their group, we couldn’t question them. Eh….. it was a fun day -got to eat a steak and bs with some good people. However, no doubt that those two cheated.

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Jolly Roger- right on the lake.
I always get the perch.


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I worked with a guy, many years ago, who had a boat and took charters for Walleye on Lake Erie each year. I'm sure Captain Edd is rolling over in his grave right now.


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2 fishermen indicted on criminal charges in Cleveland fishing tournament cheating scandal

Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky have been charged with Cheating, Attempted Grand Theft, Possessing Criminal Tools, and the Unlawful Ownership of Wild Animals.


Author: Ben Axelrod
Published: 1:52 PM EDT October 12, 2022
Updated: 2:23 PM EDT October 12, 2022

CLEVELAND — Two men are now facing criminal charges following their roles in the Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournament scandal that happened in Cleveland last month.

On Wednesday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced that 42-year-old Jacob Runyan, 42 and 35-year-old Chase Cominsky have been indicted on the following charges after allegedly placing weights and fish filets inside their catch:

One count of Cheating (felony of the fifth degree)
One count of Attempted Grand Theft (felony of the fifth degree)
One count of Possessing Criminal Tools (felony of the fifth degree)
One count of Unlawful Ownership of Wild Animals (misdemeanor of the fourth degree)

“I take all crime very seriously, and I believe what these two individuals attempted to do was not only dishonorable but also criminal”, O’Malley said in a statement. “I would like to formally thank the officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Hermitage Pennsylvania Police Department, the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for their quick actions and their execution of a search warrant resulting in the seizure of criminal tools, including Defendant Cominsky’s boat and trailer.”

The indictments come nearly two weeks after weights and fillets were allegedly found inside the duo's tournament-winning catch. The controversy proceeded to receive national attention, with a video of the aftermath of the incident going viral on social media.

The tournament took place near North Marginal Road and Lakeshore Boulevard in Cleveland on Sept. 30, attracting fishermen from several surrounding states who competed to see which team could catch five of the heaviest walleye fish in Lake Erie. Had Runyan and Cominsky won, they would have received a total prize of $28,760.

According to an investigation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the weights were discovered after the tournament director noticed that the fish weighed heavier than they looked and proceeded to slice the fish open. Ten weights -- eight weighing 12 ounces and two weighing eight ounces along with several walleye filets -- were allegedly discovered inside the walleye. The duo was immediately disqualified and instructed to leave the tournament, with the Cleveland Metroparks Police Department responding to the scene.

According to a release from the prosecutor's office, Runyan and Cominsky's fifth-degree felonies are punishable by up to 12 months in prison and up to $2,500 in fines, while misdemeanors of the fourth-degree are punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $250 in fines.


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They formally thanked everyone but the tournament director who had the kahunas to slice open the fish and expose these criminals. I hope they do some time.


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Wow. That's worth a read.

I can never understand people who are all but caught, constantly suspected, surrounded by rumors and have everyone pointing fingers... yet continue doing the same thing. Definition of dumb criminal.


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I don't care how good you might be as a fisherman, there is also a somewhat large degree of luck involved.

When the same guys keep getting on the biggest fish and keep winning tournaments, it's a pretty good indication that something is 'fishy".

We had a cheating scandal near Chattanooga some years ago in a bass tourney where a couple of guys went out a day or two early and caught several big fish, then put them on a stringer or in some type of cage to pluck out of the water in a slew to enhance their catch by switching out a few fish.

Not sure how they got caught, but they did.


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MONEY involved. Kiplying's I keep six honesty men serving- Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How....if money is involved you better check things real close, because humanity is what it is, humanity....there's a sucker born every day? Old wisdom, yet some folks think a hand shake is all you need.....crooked scales have been around for hundreds of years. Check, verify, or get hosed.

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The tournament may have been flawed if it awarded the prize money bazed only on the weight of the fizh.

The one count of cheating, it appearz, iz the only one of those 4 chargez worth considering, throw out the other 3 on definitionz.
Unlezz the weightz were found on the outside of the fizh, or, there were zome proof of the men inserting the weightz into the fizh,
I couldn't support a guilty vote on the cheating charge.

Oh we know they are guilty, but legally? legally they could have juzt caught zome fizh, that had had weightz in it.

they shouldn't get to keep any prize money, because they cheated, but waz it legal cheating? or in this caze, illegal- cheating by the law definition.

The boat and trailor zhould not be allowed to be confiscated, (in there were any decency) because they were not criminal toolz. They are not even toolz.

But back to line one. The Tounament waz flawed, if it only looked at the weight of the fizh to award the prize(z). People had to know the weight would have been influenced.

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The newz 2+ zummerz ago, , the television newz, revealed a local major league Zportz Ztadium waz selling large drinkz, with the zame li@uid zize az the zmall drink,
but the cup waz larger, ... Zo why were people complaining, bezidez it waz pretty obvious.
they were paying more, but only getting a larger cup.
But they were getting a larger cup, juzt not more li@uid.
so, perspective
Theze 2 guyz, may have learned from,,, the system ... and that? well that is American, America, Murica.


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How would "the far side" make a comic out of this type of situation? sharks cheating at a human eating tournament?
what would be inside the humanz? steroidz? greasy fazt foodz? Gold necklaces? bulletts? hmm,
Liked the far side comics.


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