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Robby Rose Pleads Guilty

Robby Rose pled guilty today in the Texas cheating incident we have been following.  His sentence will be:

  • 5 years probation
  • 15 days in jail
  • No fishing license for 5 years

Details to follow…

UPDATE: 4/13/2010, 1:35 PM

I just wanted to add that I have verified the above with TPWD officials and with the Rockwall County DA’s Office.  Mr. Rose will pay a $3,000 fine and perform community service in addition to items listed above.  I will post a full story this evening.  Interview with Captain Garry Collins TPWD will be featured on our forthcoming podcast to be released soon.  — Bo Crawford

UPDATE 4/13/2010, 1:57 PM

This is a press release from the Rockwall county DA’s office:


April 13, 2010

On April 13, 2010, Robby Rose pled guilty and was sentenced to five years probation for the state jail felony offense of Attempted Theft over $20,000 but less than $100,000.  In addition, Mr. Rose will be required to serve 15 days in jail and was ordered to surrender his fishing license for the duration of his probation.

Mr. Rose, a well known competitive fisherman, competed in the 2009 Bud Light Trail Big Bass Tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard on October 24, 2009.  The grand prize for the competition was a $55,000 Legend bass boat and would be awarded to the fisherman who caught the largest fish based on weight.  Midway through the competition, Mr. Rose submitted a fish to win that prize.  Upon weigh-in and inspection, tournament officials discovered a one pound lead weight in the belly of the fish.

Mr. Rose was subsequently investigated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens, and the case was filed as a felony by the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.  “We took this case very seriously,” said Kenda Culpepper, Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney.  “As far as we were concerned, the case was about a $55,000 bass boat, not a ten pound fish.”  Alex Imgrund, lead prosecutor, said that the facts of the case had garnered interest from sources as far away as Ontario, Canada.  “Cheating is cheating, and the fishing community, nor this office, will tolerate it.”

Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
1101 Ridge Road, Ste. 105
Rockwall, Texas  75087
(972) 204-6800 (ofc)
(972) 204-6809 (fax)

UPDATE: April 13, 2010, 8:50 PM

I have posted part 1 of a 2 part post .  After part two I am done with the whole Robby Rose subject until I have the chance to talk to Robby himself.

UPDATE: April 14, 2010, 12:43 PM

I have revised Part 1 of a post I put up last night entitled “From Holy Roller to Convicted Felon: A bass fisherman’s fall from grace“.  The revision includes additional details of the irregularities BLT officials found with Robby Rose’s fish.

UPDATE: April 14, 2010, 4:53 PM

I was just interviewed by Richard Abshire with the Dallas Morning News.  Apparently he landed an interview with Robby Rose and will publish his comments in an article tomorrow.  Stay tuned as I will post a link to his story here.  I will not steal his thunder, but suffice it to say Robby justified his actions in his mind…

UPDATE: April 14, 2010, 8:11 PM

Here is part 2 of the fall from grace series.   Tomorrow Clint and I will record our April podcast episode, and then I will be done with the subject for a long time!  (I hope).

UPDATE: April 15, 2010, 7:26 AM

Here is the article in the Dallas Morning News in which Robby Rose is interviewed.   It turns out he did it because he was tired of being picked on.  Can you believe this guy!??

UPDATE: April 20, 2010, 11:26 AM

We released Episode 5 of our podcast this morning. Half the podcast is discussion of the Robby Rose investigation and subsequent conviction.  Click here to listen.

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  1. skinnywater
    April 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    wow that is a stiff sentance. What were the charges. Was this a fraud case?

  2. calvin
    April 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    sorry bastard should have gotten alot worse than that.

  3. Ol' Whip
    April 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Yes, it was fraud. And considering the prize money etc. involved, it was some serious fraud.

  4. catslayer
    April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Yeah he shoulda got WAY WAY worse.. he managed to get a 16oz weight into a fish and tried to get away with it… Every body remember his name and keep him out of your tourneys

  5. April 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    great job partner!! once again you have beaten the main stream media to the punch with the scoop…with another one just around the corner…hmmmm

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