'He should be in jail!': Fishing world erupts as duo caught red-handed in unthinkable fraud scandal

‘He should be in jail!’: Fishing world erupts as duo caught red-handed in unthinkable fraud scandal

A cheating scandal has rocked the competitive fishing world as two fishermen allegedly illegally stuffed their fish with extra weights and fillets.

Chase Cominsky of Hermitage, Pa., and Jake Runyon of Cleveland, Ohio thought they had the win in the final Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) event of the 2022 season.

Until they didn’t.

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LEWT tournament director Jason Fischer, who shines as a suburban Cleveland cop, brought the pair’s fraudulent act into the spotlight at the post-event weigh-ins.

Fischer cut open one of the fish Runyon and Cominsky had caught, only to find an object that caused outrage: a lead weight.

When Fischer discovered the first lead weight, he extended his arm and yelled, “You’re out,” in scenes reminiscent of an overzealous baseball umpire.

But it wasn’t just one lead weight. There were more of them.

A furious mob of fishermen attacked and hurled abuse at Runyon, who stood there like a stunned mullet as he was forced to witness the destruction of his reputation in real time.

With each fish Fischer opened, more lead weights were discovered, some even stuffed with extra chunks of walleye fillets.

It’s safe to say that the rest of the competition in LEWT did not take kindly to the alleged cheating.

One described it as a “fucking steal”, while another shouted at Runyon that he “should be in jail”.

A bolder competitor, but with the same desire for justice, he asked, “Don’t we have to press charges?

The rest of the competition was, shall we say, a little more direct and less measured in their abuse, as Runyon and Cominsky were caught hook, line and sinker.

Fischer released a statement on the official LEWT Facebook page apologizing for the pair’s heinous act.

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

“I can’t think enough to post the results, but congratulations to Tsczyk and French and TOY Hendricks and Ulmer. The same goes for the yak and open winners.

“I hope you know by now that when I say ‘you built this LEWT and I will defend its integrity at all costs’, I mean it. You all deserve the best.”

As if the saga could happen even Cominsky and Runyon’s rivals had long suspected that the duo was up to something fishy.

They won several LEWT events in 2021, including the season-ending championship.

But it hit a tipping point when the pair won the 2021 Lake Erie Fall Brawl fishing event for $156,000 AUD in cash and prizes, according to Toledo Blade, who beat the weight with their fish.

But the duo was disqualified from the event without explanation by tournament organizers because one of them failed a lie detector test.

Runyon has employed lawyers to argue his case as he attempts to sue Brawl for his winnings, but in light of recent events, he might as well kiss himself goodbye.

Let’s just hope Runyon was able to hire the same legal team after the scandal.

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