The boat and trailer involved in the alleged fishing scandal in Cleveland on Sept. 30 were seized Tuesday morning in Hermitage at the residence of Chase Cominsky.

According to the Mercer County District Attorney's Office, District Attorney Peter Acker said the seizure was a combined effort of his office, along with Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Cuyahoga Co. Prosecutor's office after a warrant was issued to seize the boat and trailer as part of the ongoing investigation in a fishing competition scandal involving Cominsky and his fishing partner, Jacob Runyan of Cleveland.

The boat and trailer were seized as evidence in an alleged cheating scandal involving Cominsky.

Cominsky and Runyan are part of an ongoing investigation into a fishing tournament in which the two fishermen's tournament-winning catch was loaded with lead weights.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week said it has turned over evidence to a prosecutor after investigating allegations that two anglers from Hermitage and Cleveland placed lead weights in fish submitted at an annual Lake Erie fishing tournament late last week.

Appearing on the Bigwater Fishing podcast on Oct. 2, Lake Erie Walleye Trail Director Jason Fischer said that said Cleveland Metroparks Police and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have asked him about allegations of cheating by tournament participants Chase Cominsky of Hermitage and Jake Runyon of Cleveland.

A Metroparks spokesperson told 21 News that ODNR is conducting the investigation and not the Metroparks Police.

An ODNR spokesman told 21 News that one of its wildlife officers collected evidence and is preparing a report for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

Fischer said he made the discovery while he was weighing in the pair’s catch late last week at the Lake Erie Fall Brawl held at Gordon Park in Cleveland.

According to Fischer, alarms went off when what appeared to be a 4-pound Walleye weighed in at eight pounds on the scale.

Fischer cut open the fish and found lead weights inside

The weigh-in that took place in front of other fishermen brought an angry reaction from the crowd to the extent that Fischer said he felt compelled to make sure that Cominsky and Runyon were escorted from the park safely.

Fischer posted an apology on the tournament’s Facebook page:
Participants paid $35 entry fees to join what is billed as Lake Erie’s largest walleye fishing tournament that offers some sizeable prizes. In addition to a total of $25,000 in weekly prizes over the four weekend-long tournaments, first-place anglers could win a $125,000 boat. The second-place prize is a $110,000 boat.  Third through fifth place prizes range from $65,000 to $45,000.