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From Holy Roller to Convicted Felon: A bass fisherman’s fall from grace – Part 2

April 14, 2010 5 comments

Robby Rose (Photo: Rockwall County)

Part 1 of this series covered the events leading up to Robby Rose getting red-handed caught cheating in a bass tournament.  Part 2 covers the successful investigation and prosecution of Mr. Rose.  I then share my final thoughts on the subject.

In the days after the tournament, the internet was abuzz with talk of Robby Rose getting busted and what it meant.  Naturally, the internet being the internet, misinformation was spread all about.  But there were veins of truth in many online discussions among fishermen.

Robby Rose Speaks

Directly after the tournament, Robby Rose apparently posted a brief apologetic statement on his website stating that he used bad judgment.   Shortly thereafter his website was turned off. Read more…

From Holy Roller to Convicted Felon: A bass fisherman’s fall from grace – Part 1

April 13, 2010 5 comments

For many years Robby Rose had a strong reputation as a talented bass angler who was successful in many Texas tournaments.  This all changed last October when Mr. Rose was disqualified from a tournament after officials discovered a 16 oz weight in his fish’s stomach.

Very little information was made public about the case in the past six months.  Many armchair anglers stated that the right thing to do is to withhold judgment until Mr. Rose had a chance to tell his side of the story in court.  Mr. Rose had the opportunity to tell his side this morning.

Today, April 13, 2010, Robby Rose of Garland, TX pled guilty to the charge of Attempted Theft over $20,000 but less than $100,000 in Rockwall County Texas Court.  The charge is a “state jail felony” that will mar Mr. Rose’s record for the rest of his life. Read more…

Robby Rose Pleads Guilty

April 13, 2010 5 comments

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:

FROM THE ROCKWALL COUNTY CRIMINAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’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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2010 AOY is Skeet’s to lose

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The 2010 AOY Title is Skeet's to lose. (Photo: Seigo Saito / BASS)

Last week I pointed out that the 2010 Elite Series schedule favors bank beating and doesn’t set-up well for a KVD comeback.  This week Ken Duke (who is possibly the best bass fishing blogger on the net) points out that no-one has come back from fifth place after two tournaments and won AOY.  KVD currently sits in 42nd place.

The bottom line is that things are not looking good for KVD.  However, many of you may recall that in 2006 KVD was disqualified from an event and STILL made a strong push for AOY that year.  If anyone can beat the odds and make a miraculous comeback it is Kevin.

On the other end of the spectrum is Skeet Reese.  Ken points out that, “Reese’s 37-point lead is the second largest in Elite history after two tournaments”.  As bad as things look for KVD, they are looking good for Skeet.

Ken Duke’s posts are generally available to those with a Bass Insider membership.  His current post, “Two Down, Six To Go“, is available to the general public.  Check it out.

The Heaviest Ounce and other contemplations…

April 8, 2010 3 comments

Will there be sight fishing at Smith Mountain Lake? Bo thinks so...

Smith Mountain Lake – What will the Smith Mountain Lake fish be doing next week when the Elite Series pros hit the lake?  Many experts are predicting that it will not be a sight fishing tournament like it was a year ago.   I will boldly go against the grain here and predict that there will be plenty of fish on the beds by the time the tournament starts.

What is my logic?  Last weekend I fished three different bodies of water here in North Central Alabama; a large reservoir, a medium lake, and a small pond.  All three places had more bass locked on beds than I have ever seen.   Even I could hook a few without spending much time coaxing them–and I am such a pitiful caster that I have to cast twenty times before I can get a plastic near a bed.   Shaw Grigsby, Kelly Jordon, and company would have had a field day catching all these fish.  Read more…

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