Chiefland bass fisherman faces fraud charges
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
A Chiefland man is facing several charges stemming
from his activities at a weekly bass tournament in Dixie
Cedric Jerome Perry (DOB 07/03/79) confessed to
catching fish in other lakes and then bringing them to the weigh-in
at the bass tournament at the Joe Anderson Boat Ramp in Old Town,
according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FWC Officer Sam Dishman had received information
about the possibility of cheating occurring at the tournament.
Suspicions arose when Perry began winning numerous tournaments and
catching fish when no one else was having any luck.
According to FWC Investigator Larry Ayers, Perry
was under surveillance for the Aug. 10 contest.
"These tournaments generally start at 5:30 p.m. and
last until around 8:30 p.m.," Ayers said. "We watched him the
entire time and didn't see him catch much."
At the weigh-in, Perry had five fish, including an
8- and a 9-pound bass.
"We never saw him catch either of these fish,"
Ayers said. "Perry also won this tournament."
The officers didn't believe Perry would try it
again so soon, but he showed up at the next tournament on Aug. 17.
Once again, the FWC officers had their eye on him.
"While we had people watching Mr. Perry during the
tournament, Officer Justin Allen and I checked out his vehicle by
looking through the windows," Ayers said. "In plain sight, at a
public boat ramp, on the passenger floor board, there was a cooler.
We also heard an aerator running in the truck."
The officers quickly changed plans and began
watching Perry's vehicle.
"When he got to his truck, he removed the cooler
and put it in his boat," Ayers said. "There were fish in the
cooler. He put them with the other fish he had caught during the
Once again, Perry had the winning catch. After the
weigh-in, the officers approached him and got statements about the
"He explained he had caught those fish that morning
at Clay Landing," Ayers said. "He also said he had caught the two
fish he won the Aug. 10 tournament with at Orange Lake."
Officers also discovered that Perry didn't have a
valid fishing license and there were additional fish on his boat,
putting him over the bag limit.
Charges were filed with the Dixie County State
Attorney's Office and include fraud and fishing-license and
"This is a good case that came about because of the
relationships maintained by ethical sportsmen and our law
enforcement staff, who share the common goal of protecting the
sport and our natural resources," said Capt. Martin Redmond, FWC
North Central Region investigations captain.