2 anglers accused of cheating in fishing tournament - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

2 anglers accused of cheating in fishing tournament

Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. turned in a crop of fish to win the Tuesday and Thursday night tournament (Courtesy: WFT) Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. turned in a crop of fish to win the Tuesday and Thursday night tournament (Courtesy: WFT)
Robert Gillaspie (Source: Marshall Co. Sheriff's Office) Robert Gillaspie (Source: Marshall Co. Sheriff's Office)
Gary Lee Minor Jr. (Source: MCSO) Gary Lee Minor Jr. (Source: MCSO)
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Two Marshall County men are facing charges for allegedly cheating in a fishing tournament.

Tournament officials said they are outraged someone would rig the outcome of a competition, and they hope the arrests send a message to others.

Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. turned in a crop of fish to win the Tuesday and Thursday night Owls Fishing Tournament, but officials say they later learned the fish had been previously caught.

The revelation landed both Gillaspie and Minor in jail, where they were charged by Alabama Fish and Game officers with tampering with a sporting event.

The pair were booked into the Marshall County Jail Thursday, and then released on $5,000 bond.

The event is held at a boat dock in Guntersville. Tournament officials said a tip led to a surveillance operation, which caught the two men catching fish prior to the tournament and placing them in a holding tank.

The men later went back during the tournament and placed the fish in their live well and submitted them at weight-in. The men won a couple hundred dollars as a result of their supposed win.

Tournament officials said the pair have been barred from any future tournament and hope it sends a message.

"I just hope they and all these other people that even think about it think twice before they do it, because it's going to ruin their lives," said tournament director Jerry Nyman. "Not only from fishing, their family, their work; it's going to affect all that."

Both men are due in court June 18.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Another team in Gilmer deserves attention, Union Hill is on a roll

    Another team in Gilmer deserves attention, Union Hill is on a roll

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:35 PM EST2017-11-22 03:35:41 GMT
    Union Hill captured its first undefeated regular season since 1982.Union Hill captured its first undefeated regular season since 1982.

    When the town of Gilmer is mentioned in relation to sports, the Buckeyes powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind. And that's fair considering they have won three state titles and racked up 13 double digit win seasons since 2000. But a small 1A school about nine miles away deserves some attention these days as well.

    More >>

    When the town of Gilmer is mentioned in relation to sports, the Buckeyes powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind. And that's fair considering they have won three state titles and racked up 13 double digit win seasons since 2000. But a small 1A school about nine miles away deserves some attention these days as well.

    More >>
  • Elkhart native Jeffrey Wilson out at least next two games, possibly done for year

    Elkhart native Jeffrey Wilson out at least next two games, possibly done for year

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:23 PM EST2017-11-22 03:23:47 GMT
    Wilson celebrates after scoring a touchdown.Wilson celebrates after scoring a touchdown.

    In other college football news, Elkhart native and North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson scored two touchdowns and had over 70 rushing yards in UNT's win over Army on Saturday. The East Texan's senior campaign though is likely over. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the victory and will not play against Rice or in next week's Conference USA championship game.

    More >>

    In other college football news, Elkhart native and North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson scored two touchdowns and had over 70 rushing yards in UNT's win over Army on Saturday. The East Texan's senior campaign though is likely over. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the victory and will not play against Rice or in next week's Conference USA championship game.

    More >>
  • What’s open on Thanksgiving in East Texas

    What’s open on Thanksgiving in East Texas

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:15 PM EST2017-11-22 03:15:12 GMT

    What’s opened, closed on Thanksgiving in East Texas If you plan on eating out on Thanksgiving instead of cooking up a big feast, here’s a list of restaurants that will be opened.

    More >>

    What’s opened, closed on Thanksgiving in East Texas If you plan on eating out on Thanksgiving instead of cooking up a big feast, here’s a list of restaurants that will be opened.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly