A Sinking Feeling

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

DALLAS (AP) A suburban Dallas man must serve 15 days in jail after admitting to stuffing a lead weight into a bass he caught during a fishing tournament.

A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman tells The Dallas Morning News that Robby Rose must also surrender his fishing license. That's after the 45-year-old Garland man pleaded guilty to felony attempted theft after admitting to rigging his fish.

The felony charge relates to the bass boat Rose hoped to win with the rigged fish at a bass-fishing tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard last October.

Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper tells the newspaper that her office considered the issue one of a $55,000 bass boat, not a 10-pound fish.

The newspaper reports fishing contest officials became suspicious after feeling a lump inside the fish and confronted Rose.