Competition enraged when tourny director guts pro fishing duo’s winning catch and finds lead weights

Two extremely desperate competitive fishermen from Pennsylvania were caught red-handed cheating during the Lake Erie Walleye Trail championship tournament this Friday, and boy were their competitors enraged.

Indeed, video footage recorded after Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyon were found to have lined their fish with lead weights shows their competitors screaming in rage and even demanding they be thrown in jail. No joke.

Watch (*Graphic language):

Why the anger? Because Cominsky and Runyon were reportedly longtime winners.

“Heading into the season-culminating championship event, Cominsky and Runyon had led the season standings for team of the year,” according to The Herald, a paper out of Sharon, Pennsylvania.

But now it appears it was all a sham.

The full video from Friday’s event shows the pair proudly flaunting their catches, which were initially found to weigh more than everybody else’s catches.

But then in a stunning moment, a tournament official cuts into one of their fish to test it, and he discovers lead weights inside it, meaning the pair cheated.


Notice the title of the video: “Lake Erie Walleye Trail Cheater Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyan finally got caught. Must watch.”

“Observers and officials had suspected Cominsky and Runyon as long ago as last year,” according to The Herald.

It’s unclear why officials didn’t cut into their fish during previous competitions, especially since they’re known liars.

“In 2021, the Toledo Blade reported that Cominsky and Runyan were disqualified from the Fall Brawl fishing event, after they had apparently won, because one of them had failed a polygraph test,” The Herald notes.

The director of the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Championship, Jason Fischer, for his part posted an apology to the event’s Facebook page following the latest scandal.

“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. 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. You all deserve the best,” he wrote.


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…

Posted by Lake Erie Walleye Trail on Friday, September 30, 2022

LEWT is short for Lake Erie Walleye Trail.

Fischer is the one who reportedly gutted the pair’s fish.

Amazingly, Runyon claims he personally did nothing wrong.

“He vehemently denies that anything was done outside the Brawl’s extensive rules package, saying he has watched his name, his character, and his stature as a competitive walleye fisherman dragged through the detritus. But like he did when that behemoth of a walleye smacked his lure in the late November chill, Runyon intends to fight. He has retained legal counsel,” according to the Toledo Blade.

This latest scandal comes amid a plethora of similar scandals in different sports ranging from chess to poker.

In the world of chess, the world’s top-ranked chess player got trounced last month by a 19-year-old who ranked in 49th place. Afterward, 31-year-old grandmaster Magnus Carlsen suddenly withdrew from the tournament, inspiring rumors that his amateur competitor, Hans Niemann, had cheated.

From this speculation emerged the wild theory that Niemann had specifically used wireless anal beads to cheat:

Carlsen himself initially remained silent until Sept. 26th, when he dropped a bombshell tweet accusing Niemann of having “cheated more” than once.

It was a reference to Niemann’s prior admission of cheating.

“In a Sept. 6 interview on the St. Louis Chess Club Twitch channel, Niemann said he violated the rules by using computer assistance in online games when he was 12 and again when trying to grow his Twitch channel at 16 but has never cheated in over-the-board matches,” according to BuzzFeed News.

In the world of Poker meanwhile, controversy erupted last week when a significantly less experienced poker player crushed a professional player.

As previously reported, during one particular round of the Thursday game, professional poker player Garrett Adelstein had a better chance of winning than competitor Robbi Jade Lew, yet Lew chose to match his all-in bet.

Then stunningly, Lew wound up winning the round, shocking everybody at the table, and leaving Adelstein staring off into the distance in confusion.

Hours later, Adelstein released a statement outright accusing Lew of having cheated. She in turn fired back claiming she’d soon be “vindicated.”


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