a treacherous scandal upsets the world of sport fishing

A man is fishing in the United States. (illustrative photo) – BRUCE BENNETT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Walleye is a very popular dish with foodies. Native to North America, this fish from the large perch family known for its nutty aftertaste, which in adulthood can reach a size of 75 cm, is also at the center of a scandal that is shaking the world of sport fishing in the United States. United.

Fish twice as heavy

The events take place last Friday on the shores of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is there that the Lake Erie Walleye Trail is organized, a very famous fishing competition that attracts participants from many neighboring states and which promises the winner a whopping $ 29,000.

As CNN explains, things went badly when event organizer Jason Fischer was amazed at the weight of one of the team’s catches during the final weigh-in. While the weight of the five fish has been estimated at 20 pounds (about 9 kilos), these show the score of 34 pounds on the scale (about 15 kilos).

“I thought it wasn’t possible. I physically felt the fish, I could feel the hard objects inside the fish,” says Jason Fischer, who decides to open the fish.

There he discovers several lead eggs and nets. “We have weights in fish,” she shouted at the moment of discovery, which has since been immortalized in a video that has since gone viral.

Investigation in progress

The crowd, a little burned by this discovery, demands that the police be called and is on the verge of physically assaulting the cheaters. These, who declined to comment, are now being investigated.

According to a professional fisherman interviewed by New York Timescheating would be the order of the day in the world of sport fishing, above all because the techniques are numerous: delivery of pre-caught fish, fishing in prohibited areas, catches filled with ice which will then melt and erase the traces. .

For his part, Jason Fischer is disgusted by this scam, especially since the offending team has already won several competitions that he was able to organize. “They will never be able to participate again,” he concludes.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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