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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Two bass fishermen accused of using previously caught fish in tournaments on Lake Guntersville have been found guilty of tampering with a sport contest.

Gary Minor, Jr. of Albertville and Robert Gillaspie of Boaz were found guilty Monday afternoon. The charge, tampering with sport contest, is a misdemeanor in the court system, but is a much more serious offense to those who make their living out on the lake.

This is a picture from the online sportfishing blog Wired2fish — allegedly taken from one of the men’s Facebook pages:

Photo of the two men holding a big catch (, from one of the men's Facebook pages)
Photo of the two men holding a big catch (, from one of the men’s Facebook pages)

According to the published report on Wired2Fish, the arrests came after a sting operation at a dock. Investigators had gotten a tip that the men had been holding bass in a pen at the dock and using those fish in a tournament on Lake Guntersville.

Sentencing hasn’t been set, but the two men have already appealed the sentence.