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May 13, 2014
Two Alabama Men Accused of Cheating in Bass Fishing Tournament - 2


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Two Alabama anglers hooked into some major trouble when they were busted for potentially cheating in a fishing tournament.

Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. stand accused of catching bass prior to the last week’s Owls Fishing Tournament and then claiming they caught last Tuesday and Thursday evening. Information about the cheating came via an anonymous tip.

Once discovered, the Marshall County men were arrested and charged by Alabama Fish and Game officers with tampering with a sporting event. Tournament officials are outraged at the cheating. 

"I just hope they and all these other people that even think about it think twice before they do it, because it's going to ruin their lives. Not only from fishing, their family, their work; it's going to affect all that,” Jerry Nyman, tournament director, told WAFF.

The men were booked into the Marshall County Jail Thursday and released on $5,000 bond. The men are due in court June 18 and have been banned from participating in any future tournament events.

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from ALJoe wrote 9 weeks 1 day ago

I think it would be staggering if we knew how often this actually happened. I was fishing with my father on a local lake during the middle of a very large (and televised) tournament. I hooked a solid three to 3 and 1/2 pound spotted bass. A "pro" fishing close to me trolled over and offered to buy the fish. When he could tell I would not oblige he fled away at full throttle. I would have loved to have identified him but it was near impossible with so many boats on the water that day.

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from cowboystl1 wrote 9 weeks 3 days ago

some folks will do anything to win kinda like having a diver hook up a fish for a tv show

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from cowboystl1 wrote 9 weeks 3 days ago

some folks will do anything to win kinda like having a diver hook up a fish for a tv show

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from ALJoe wrote 9 weeks 1 day ago

I think it would be staggering if we knew how often this actually happened. I was fishing with my father on a local lake during the middle of a very large (and televised) tournament. I hooked a solid three to 3 and 1/2 pound spotted bass. A "pro" fishing close to me trolled over and offered to buy the fish. When he could tell I would not oblige he fled away at full throttle. I would have loved to have identified him but it was near impossible with so many boats on the water that day.

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