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Seven People Charged With Fishing Fraud

Yes there is such a thing as “fishing fraud”, and people who’re caught doing it are in a heap of trouble.  The Brownsville Herald reports that’s what seven people learned when fishing tournament judges caught them at it on South Padre island earlier this month.

 

via Facebook/Ladies Kingfish Tournament

It happened at the Ladies Kingfish Tournament sponsored by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce on the weekend of August 10th.  The seven suspects allegedly submitted a 2.6 pound flounder that placed second and won the $5,000 second-place prize.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials when the winning fish were examined after the tournament, they determined that the second-place fish wasn’t caught during the competition.

A Game Warden says the four women and three men who allegedly submitted the “fraudulent flounder” have been charged with fishing fraud.  That’s a third-degree felony that carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

Ten years for cheating a fishing tournament?  Yes we do take our fishing seriously here in Texas.

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