North Texas Man Indicted For Cheating During Fishing Tournament

Chris Sommer
March 14, 2019 - 6:45 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Cheating in a fishing tournament can get you in a lot of trouble in Texas.

Authorities say a Bridgeport man broke the rules - and the law - with his actions during the Sealy Big Bass Splash on Lake Fork last September. 

A Wood County grand jury indicted Terry Keith Long on a charge of fraud of a fishing tournament.  It's a third-degree felony in Texas.

One important thing to know about this story:  Lake Fork has a "slot limit."  That means fish can only be kept if they measure less than 16 inches or more than 24 inches in length.  Long is accused of trimming the tail of a fish to put it just under 16 inches, and within the rules.  Authorities say he then submitted the altered fish to be weighed during the competition.

Long is free on $25,000 bond and awaiting trial. 

The fraud charge against him is a third-degree felony because the grand prize in the fishing tournament was more than $10,000.

In 2015, another fisherman was arrested in a similar case in the same event at Lake Fork.  That individual was also accused of snipping the tail of a fish in an attempt to win a big cash prize.