It wasn’t the more than $5,000 first-place prize local anglers were chatting about after the May 5 Bass Fishing League event on Lake Wylie, but an angler who won’t be fishing the event ever again.
Boater John Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C., finished in third place, but was later disqualified after an 11-ounce weight was found in the stomach of one of the fish he weighed in. The sportsmanship rule violation means Hoyle was disqualified and forfeits more than $1,000 in winnings. He is now banned from future FLW Outdoors events.
Hoyle is banned from multiple local tournament series. Brittany Markolf, co-owner of Lake Wylie Bait & Tackle, said she’s heard Hoyle’s name “since we opened the doors” of the shop. Markolf said it’s important that other anglers know cheating won’t be tolerated in local events.
Within the fishing community, cheating is a big deal. At the recent BFL event, the difference between the $5,247 first-place check and $1,623 for second was one ounce. The difference between third and fifth place was exactly 11 ounces – the same as the weight found in Hoyle’s fish. The dollar difference was $433.