"The following morning, conservation police watched the location and observed the man retrieve four smallmouth bass from the stringer and place them in the live well of his boat before throwing the string on the shore and driving away," according to Illinois Conservation Police.

Angler In Hot Water

Authorities confirmed that the man was indeed participating in the competition. At the weigh-in location, authorities checked his fish and found four smallmouth bass that he had previously caught the day previously. They promptly charged the angler with a list of offenses.

Authorities charged David Moore, a St. John, Indiana native, with six misdemeanors and one petty offense. They charged him with conspiring to commit theft, possessing over the daily limit, possessing smallmouth bass that resulted in waste, failure to immediately release smallmouth bass unharmed, throwing fishing wire on the river banks, and importing a viral hemorrhagic speticemia-susceptible species without a permit.

Yikes! Those sound like serious crimes, but this Indiana fisherman isn't alone. Recently, authorities arrested a Louisiana man for allegedly committing fraud during a bass fishing tournament. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries charged Aaron Moreau with attempted fraud.

They alleged that Moreau put 2.59 pounds of lead weights in a fish he caught to make it weigh more. The angler fled but eventually turned himself in. He faces up to a $3,000 fine and one year in prison. That cash prize was a whopping $500,000. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Cheaters never prosper.