Fishermen are famous for telling good stories.
Now, one of New England’s most prestigious fishing tournaments is instituting a strict policy intended to distinguish what’s factual from what’s fishy: Anglers must submit to a polygraph test to claim their prizes.
The Winni Derby, held May 17 to 19 on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, offers more than $50,000 in total winnings and a grand prize of $12,500, according to the tournament’s website.
The new rule requiring winners to pass a lie detector test is only for the Grand Prize Salmon Division.
“Due to the rumors and information on some of the fishing blogs, there has been a raised awareness that the possibility of some of the past entries for Landlocked Salmon entered were not fished from Lake Winnipesaukee,” the website says.
At the discretion of tournament officials, the winning fisherman and their witness may be requested to submit to the test. If one or both of them choose not to, it will result in disqualification, according to the website.