The men were caught at the April 30 tournament using fish they caught before the event began. Acting on a tip, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources officers marked the suspicious captive fish. After the tournament, Thomas and Nesmith’s fish were inspected, revealing several of the marked fish among fish caught during the tournament. They were disqualified from the event and arrested.
The case was investigated by Kentucky State Police Sgt. Brent White, who noted the two fishermen had been entering and placing in several fishing tournaments since 2004.
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