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Cheating at Fishing Could Land You Serious Jail Time

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POSTED: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 3:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 3:10pm

A proposed law, could send you behind bars if you cheat in a fishing tournament.

Republican State Senator Glenn Hegar who represents District 18 sponsored the bill.

From the New York Times:

"In one notorious case in 2009, an angler who entered the Bud Light Trail Big Bass Tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard, east of Dallas, put a one-pound lead weight inside the stomach of the 10.49-pound bass he had entered to win the grand prize, a $55,000 fishing boat.

A violation would be a Class A misdemeanor, unless the tournament prize offered was more than $10,000, in which case it would be a third-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000."

Texas Parks and Wildlife officers told KETK that some people go so far as to cut the tails off of fish that are too big to legally keep in order to use them for the weigh-in.

The bill is currently awaiting the governors pen to become official.

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