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(The New York Times)   Strontium isotopes take down big bass cheaters   (nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Felony, Fishing, Fisherman, Catch and release, Plea, Mr. Dennett, Utah, suspicious fish  
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2020-09-26 9:01:54 AM  
Good find, subby.

Geeky isotope part of the article:

The wildlife resources division had the bass tested at a University of Utah lab. Researchers were able to determine where the fish had originated by comparing the amount of strontium isotopes found naturally in the lakes to the strontium isotopes in an otolith, a particular part of a fish's ear. An otolith, Lieutenant Washburn said, has a high concentration of calcium and is sensitive to any changes in the chemistry of the water.
In May 2019, after months of waiting, the lab was able to say unequivocally that the fish that Mr. Dennett and Mr. Wootton turned in could not have come from Lake Powell, based on the level of isotopes in the otolith scale of the fish, Lieutenant Washburn said. The wildlife agency eventually learned that the men had been fishing at Quail Creek Reservoir, about 180 miles west, just before the Lake Powell tournament
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In other news, "Isotopes in the Otolith Scale" is the name of my sonata for spoons, washboard, ball bearings, and flycasting rod.
 
2020-09-26 9:39:56 AM  
If you ain't cheatin with a stunt fish you ain't tryin.

/or something
 
2020-09-26 9:52:06 AM  
Isotopes don't lie!

If you're going to forge art, you better make sure you don't have too much of our nuclear fallout in your paint.
 
2020-09-26 10:35:30 AM  
Looks legit to me.

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2020-09-26 10:49:20 AM  
Repeat
 
2020-09-26 11:58:42 AM  
Did Baby Elephant Walk inspire them?
 
2020-09-26 12:36:52 PM  
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What a big bass cheater may look like.
 
2020-09-26 3:17:34 PM  
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They must have cried foul.
 
TKM
2020-09-26 6:50:06 PM  
Screw the community service.  Make the bastards pay back every penny of the investigation.  Including meals and mileage.
 
2020-09-26 7:38:43 PM  
"Neither one of them were very inclined to talk to our investigator," he said. "One of them started to kind of acknowledge that yeah, the fish maybe hadn't come from Lake Powell. Then he very quickly asked for an attorney, and the other individual didn't want to say anything."


If that's the best you can lie, you may as well tell the truth.
 
2020-09-26 8:48:55 PM  
Cheating in a fishing tournament.  Only in...Utah?  Watch out, Florida!
 
2020-09-27 4:05:39 PM  

Taima: Cheating in a fishing tournament.  Only in...Utah?  Watch out, Florida!


It's more likely than you think.

And with big money and big fame up for grabs to anyone with a fishing pole, it will happen again.

Official video cameras that can remotely pan and zoom should be required on every boat, if they aren't already.  These are miniscule now.  You won't even notice them.

If there is ever a "final round" with only a few competitors remaining, an actual official should be on board.  That person could be skilled in staying out of the way, as they do in other sports, but would keep an eagle eye on the action.

/Those not liking the rules don't have to participate.
 
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