Michael McCloud Jr., founder and tournament director of Big Bass Mania, turned himself in to law enforcement on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game warden Ellis Powell, “a sealed indictment was handed down by a Jasper County grand jury earlier this year.”
Anglers claimed tournament organizers did not deliver prize money advertised to be awarded during a three-day event.
Big Bass Mania advertised a guaranteed payback of $125,000 to the angler who weighed in the heaviest accumulative weight over three days based on three bass. Also advertised were hourly cash prizes offered for the three heaviest bass during each hourly slot.
The winning angler in the tournament, Scott Gill of DeRidder, La., reeled in three bass totaling 19.28 pounds. Gill said he was awarded $5,000 in cash for first place, but received no hourly money for any of his biggest bass, including a 7.03-pounder, a 6.95-pounder and 5.30-pounder.