This month’s episode has a casual Friday feel to it. Captain Garry Collins shares new details about the Robby Rose investigation. TPWD biologist David Campbell then discusses Operation World Record and the Toyota Sharelunker Program. As always, Clint sprinkles in the Bama football smack as Bo mentally counts all the Longhorn and Gator fans turning off their MP3 players. Click here to listen.
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…
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 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
In Part 2 of this episode, John Crews discusses athletic training for anglers. Bill Smith and Drew Sadler from Tackle Experts discuss our fantasy fishing contests. And Captain Garry Collins form the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department updates us on the status of the Lake Ray Hubbard investigation.
Much of the feedback (i.e. backlash) that we have received after our pilot episode has inquired about the current status of the Robby Rose cheating scandal. As of now we have not heard of any arrest or charges being pressed against Mr. Rose. It has been reported that the case is being investigated–but no specifics into the investigation have been released. There is a rumor that biologists are DNA testing the fish in question to determine if it came from Lake Ray Hubbard. Many have speculated that Mr. Rose’s MO was to catch fish from a different lake and somehow weigh them in at tournament waters that have a smaller average fish size. I am disappointed that there are no reports of Rose’s property being searched for further evidence. We will keep you updated. — Bo
12/10/2009 Update: This post is apparently the most popular post on our blog. Click here to hear a round table discussion about the Robby Rose scandal from a panel of fishing journalists.
01/13/2010 Update: In the month’s podcast we get an update on the investigation from Captain Garry Collins of TPWD.
Click here to listen to our pilot episode. Or, do a search for “The Armchair Anglers Podcast” on the iTunes store or your podcast provider of choice. Feedback has been positive enough that we will run one episode per month for a while and see where it goes from there. Let us know what you think.