The UGLY fishing stories of 2006

1.) Ky. bassers busted for felony tourney cheating
Associated Press — July 4, 2006

These fish stories were, in fact, too good to be true.

Two fishing buddies were charged with 10 felonies after being accused of cheating in fishing tournaments on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

Dwayne E. Nesmith, 43, of Island, Ky., and Brian K. Thomas, 31, of Dawson Springs, Ky., were indicted on nine counts of theft and attempted theft.

The men allegedly stashed five live bass in a fish basket at the Relay for Life Buddy Bass Tournament on April 30, and then scooped them up for the weigh-in.

2.) Pittsburgh zoo probing deaths of 10 sharks
By Anita Srikameswaran
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Feb. 9, 2006

Human error might be to blame for the ozone-poisoning deaths of all 10 of the black-tip reef sharks at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Zoo officials were investigating the accident and will decide later when the sharks might be replaced, said spokeswoman Connie George. The American Zoo and Aquarium Association, which sets accreditation standards, will be notified, she said.

The deaths occurred after the zoo closed Saturday, during a routine, weekly backwash procedure that puts purified water into the 90,000-gallon open-ocean aquarium, a two-story exhibit.

During the procedure, 9,000 gallons of water are removed from the aquarium and stored in a holding tank. A recovery tank that holds 9,000 gallons of already treated water is then emptied into the aquarium to replace the volume that was removed.