Nearly a dozen big-money offshore tournaments have been held since. And the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament starts Wednesday out of Rudee Inlet.
Polygraph tests costing between $150 and $600 are used in all of them, almost always without incident. They’ve become a necessary tool to keep the playing waters fair.
"Oh… you have to have polygraphs," said Jim Tobin, tournament director of the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, which concluded last weekend. "With this much money involved, it’s the final layer of protection."
On Saturday night, hours before the checks are handed out, several members of winning teams will be strapped up with electrodes and asked a series of questions.
Hopefully, nothing will smell fishy.