SOMERSET, Wis. (AP) - Lee Shehow had a whopper of a fish tale.
Shehow, of New Richmond, claimed to have won Saturday's ice
fishing contest on Bass Lake in Somerset after pulling up a
northern pike weighing 2.42 pounds.
TV cameras were rolling when he was asked what he would do with
the grand prize, a $27,000 Dodge pickup truck. He replied: "Drive
it like it's stolen."
But private investigators working for the tournament suspected
the winning fish was smuggled in.
Under contest rules, the winner was offered the chance Sunday to
take a lie detector test and refused, organizer John Montpetit
said, and that meant the prize had to go Tuesday to the runner-up,
Monica Slimmer, of La Crosse, who caught a northern pike weighing
Shehow denied cheating when interviewed by KARE-TV of
Minneapolis-St. Paul. He said he caught the fish fairly and only
gave up the prize because he didn't want to cause bad publicity for
the Somerset Youth Athletic Association, which had put on the
tournament as a fundraiser.
No phone listing could be found for Shehow when The Associated
Press tried to reach him Tuesday night for further comment.