Who doesn't love a good fish story? Apparently the Texas state Senate—at least when it comes to fishing tournaments. The Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it illegal to lie about the size, weight, or provenance of a fish caught during a tournament, the New York Times reports. The bill is meant to address high-level cheating, such as the 2009 case of a man who won a $55,000 fishing boat by stuffing a one-pound weight inside a 10.49-pound bass's stomach.
Senator Glenn Hegar, who sponsored the bill, says colleagues have joked that he must be bitter about losing a fishing tournament. “The harassment has been pretty deep over this one,” he says, though he fishes just recreationally. If signed by Gov. Rick Perry, the bill will make misrepresentation a misdemeanor, or a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison if the prize offered is worth more than $10,000. “Everybody is just telling stories, that’s fishing,” says one fishing guide. “But to cheat, that’s another thing. That’s just not right.”