Fishing world erupts after cheating scandal caught on camera: 'Disgusted'

Pro fishing event organiser Jason Fisher (pictured left) holds up a weight he allegedly found in the fish and (pictured right) Fischer holding a lead weight.
Lake Erie Walleye Trail’s director Jason Fisher (pictured left) holds up a weight he allegedly found in the fish of Chase Cominsky of Hermitage and Jake Runyon of Cleveland in a pro fishing event. (Images: Twitter)

The pro fishing world has been caught up in a cheating furore after two winners of the Lake Erie Walleye Trail’s event were allegedly stuffing their fish with weights.

Chase Cominsky of Hermitage and Jake Runyon of Cleveland won the event after their catches weighed-in the heaviest.

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However, tournament director Jason Fischer allegedly caught the two using weights within the fish.

In a video that has circulated online, the fish are sliced open to find lead weights inside.

An angry crowd begin to circle around the contestant as accusations are hurled around.

"You're out of here," Fischer said.

Contestants described the act as cheating and one person could be heard yelling that the fisherman "should be in jail.”

"You piece of s**t," a man yells.

"You f**ked over a lot of people man," another angry man said.

"Call the cops," another is overhead yelling.

There was outrage on social media over the incident.

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Following the drama, Fischer took to social media to apologise for the drama that unfolded.

“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,” Fischer wrote.

“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.”

Before the scandal, Cominsky and Runyon were in the lead for fishing team of the year.

Accusations of cheating appear to be surfacing in many sports at the moment with chess and poker embroiled in scandals.

Bizarrely, a poker cheating accusation sparked a heated debate on the weekend.

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