Angler Smuggles Fish From Home Into Contest

Barry Bonds‘ records may still be on the books, but at least there’s justice in one sport. In an ice-fishing contest in Wisconsin, the winner forfeited first place after allegations that he smuggled the winning fish from home. Jeez, that’s pretty much the lowest of the low.

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Lee Shehow gave back his first-prize $28,000 Dodge pickup, after suspicions were raised about his winning 2.42-lb. northern pike. He vacated the championship after refusing to take a lie detector, but just what led authorities to smell something fishy?

  • Clue #1: An anonymous phone call saying that Shehow’s sweatshirt was mysteriously soaking wet, implying that he had smuggled something that requires water under his clothes.
  • Clue #2: A refreshment stand employee who said Shehow bought an awfully large amount of bottled water, especially for 14-degree temperatures.
  • Clue #3: A second anonymous phone call saying Shehow kept northern pike in his aquarium at home.

I swear to god I am not making any of this up.

They brought in a former state patrol officer to question him about the fish, and Shehow agreed to give up his prize. When asked earlier what he would do with the truck, he replied, “Drive it like it’s stolen.”