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Re: 2 fishermen caught cheating at Ohio tournament sentenced to 10-day jail terms and forfeit of $100k boat

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Monica Blewbilski

May 13, 2023, 5:54:18 PM5/13/23
On 11 Jan 2022, Iobaties <> posted some

> Vance wrote
>> Hahahahaha! Had to be some fucking Biden voting Democrats. Nobody
>> else would be that damned stupid.

CLEVELAND — Two men who admitted stuffing fish with lead weights and fish
fillets in an attempt to win thousands of dollars in an Ohio fishing
tournament last fall were sentenced Thursday to ten-day jail terms and
other penalties, including the forfeiture of a boat valued at $100,000.

The cheating allegations surfaced in September when Jason Fischer, Lake
Erie Walleye Trail tournament director, became suspicious of the fish
turned in by Jacob Runyan, 43, of Ashtabula, Ohio; and Chase Cominsky, 36,
of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, were significantly heavier than typical

A crowd of people at Gordon Park in Cleveland watched as Fischer cut the
freshwater fish open, and found weights and walleye fillets stuffed

As part of a plea deal, Runyan and Cominsky pleaded guilty in March to
cheating and unlawful ownership of wild animals — and agreed to three-year
suspensions of their fishing licenses. Cominsky also agreed to give up his
bass boat worth $100,000.

Once the pair complete their county jail terms, they will serve a year and
a half on probation and must each pay a $2,500 fine — though half the fine
will be waived if they each make a $1,250 donation to a nonprofit
organization that promotes fishing with children. If they violate their
probation, they could face an additional 30-day county jail sentence.

According to search warrant affidavits, five walleye contained lead
weights and fillets. Officers from the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources confiscated the fish as evidence.

They would have received a little over $28,000 in prizes for winning the

Court records also said that Runyan and Cominsky were investigated near
Toledo in the spring of 2022 after being accused of cheating in a
different walleye tournament. According to a police report, a prosecutor
concluded that although the men may have cheated, there was not enough
evidence to charge them.


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