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Angler Caught Cheating June 4Th Tournament - Truman

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Just curious if this guy fishes a lot of tournaments up that way. I don't really know the name but don't fish much up at Truman.

KY3 Story

The Sedalia Democrat reported that 72-year-old David R. Gann of Warsaw entered a not guilty plea this past week in Benton County to a theft charge.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says anglers came across a wire box before the June 4 tournament at Truman Lake. It contained a dead largemouth bass weighing more than 5 pounds and two smaller ones weighing 2 and 3 pounds. The fins of the live bass were clipped for future identification.

Mike Burton of the Conservation Department says agents saw Gann remove fish from the wire box on the day of the tournament. The department says the fish with clipped fins were submitted at the weigh in.

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Here is another article with a little more info...threw back the dead 5lber and went through all this for a couple bass around 3lbs

News Journal Story

On the day of the tournament, the agents watched the site. They saw Gann fishing in a boat by himself near the site, Burton said, and they watched him remove fish from the box. They saw him throw away the five-pound bass that was dead and put the other two bass in his boat's live well.

The tournament weigh-in was at Osage Bluff Marina. After Gann's catch was weighed, conservation agents and Missouri Water Patrol officers took possession of the fish. They found fish with fins clipped by agents before the tourney began. Gann was questioned and taken into custody by Water Patrol officers.

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Its all about GREED when it comes to tournaments.

Maybe for some folk. You don't really make a lot of money on tournaments around here. With the cost of gas, boat, entry fee and other stuff it is a losing money game even for the winners. Even the big guys in Bass (Skeeter) slept in vans and packed lunches for a long time. The Mrs and I fish tournaments for fun and have never done better than third. It is just a different thing for us to do together I guess. It is all about the friends we have and the fun for us.

I don't know why that guy cheated but it gives all tournament people a bad name.

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i was actually in that tournament. that is all true and they handcuffed him in front of evertbody and took him away. was very arrogant about it also. they can take his license but a guy like that dont care he will fish anyway but not around here at truman any longer. several of the charges carry jail time and they are doing everything to make them stick

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I don't see how this gives tournament anglers a bad name. There are always a few people to screw up our rep. A couple years back it was Paul T. at the same place. I just love how the conservation agents, and the two guys who reported it, handled the situation. I would love to see more conservation/ waterpatrol at these events. I also hope there is some kind of blacklist for this guy. He should never be allowed to fish a tournament ever again. The fact that in the week prior to the event the guy could only catch three fish at Truman in June is awesome. He didn't have a chance to win even with locking fish up :grin:

By the way, tournaments are not about "GREED". How about competition, knowing you were the best in the event on that day. Tricking little green bass day in and day out....thinking like a fish. You can fish for fun and get a lot out of it. But win a tournament, have a winning fish jump off an inch from the net, and you will get a feeling that is worth alot more than the money, Pal....

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