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Pollock man arrested for rigging fishing contest by weighting bass

2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago Friday, May 24 2024 May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024 10:20 AM May 24, 2024 in News
Source: WBRZ

MANY — Louisiana wildlife agents arrested a Pollock man and accused him of stuffing more than 2 ½ pounds of lead weights into a bass that he entered at a fishing rodeo on Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Aaron Moreau, 38, of Pollock, was arrested for fishing contest fraud Thursday following last weekend's Big Bass Splash tournament. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Moreau stuffed his contest entry with lead weights weighing 2.59 pounds and submitted the fish to contest judges.

The grand prize for the tournament was shown to be a $100,000 value through a fully decked-out boat, a RAM truck, and $5,000 in cash. Additional prizes were also offered. Entry fees were $165 and up.

Moreau fled after weigh-in, the agents said. A warrant was obtained for his arrest and he surrendered at the Sabine Parish Detention Center on Thursday.

Moreau faces a $3,000 fine and one year in jail.

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