GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Officials are investigating a literal red herring of sorts making waves in the competitive fishing world.
Two bass fisherman are accused of using previously caught fish in tournaments on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.
WHNT reported the charge is one not many may have heard of, tampering with a sport contest.
It is a misdemeanor but a much more serious offense to those who make their living on the lake.
The Marshall County District Attorney said Gary Minor, Jr. of Albertville and Robert Gillaspie of Boaz were reeled in Thursday but later released on bond.
According to the published report on Wired2Fish, the arrests came after officials baited the suspects in a sting operation at a dock; hook, line and sinker.
WHNT reported investigators heard the men had been holding bass in a pen at the dock and using those fish in a tournament on Lake Guntersville.
Guntersville is arguably one of the most famous sport fishing waterways in the country with dozens of tournaments each year.
With so much on the line, this isn’t the first time allegations of bottom feeders cheating have surfaced.
Fishermen say it probably won’t be the last.