Fisherman accused of fraud in east Austin fishing tournament

Fish caught in an east Austin fishing tournament

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A fisherman who went to great lengths to make his catch look larger than they were was arrested, accused of committing fraud in an east Austin fishing tournament, authorities say.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens were investigating possible bass fishing tournament fraud in Bastrop and Travis counties when they found a fisherman with a “unique sleight of hand.”

TPWD says the fisherman, identified as Brent Taylor, 30, of West, Texas, submitted questionable photos of his catch to the tournament on Walter E. Long Lake, also known as Decker Lake.

The catch-and-release kayak fishing tournament used photos of the contestants’ catches placed on a measuring board to determine which angler caught the most aggregate inches of bass.

Wardens found a cut tail of a bass in the paddle well of the kayak. While the man initially said he found the cut tail in the reeds and was taking it to shore, he later admitted having used the tail to place over another bass, making the fish look longer in multiple photos. 

Charges against the man are pending. A Kayak Angler Tournament Series event was recently held on the lake on April 28.

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