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Old 01-29-2007, 05:35 PM
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I was just thinking about some of the stories I have heard, and told about the fish and game... Lets see who has the best one. I was involved in a sting. On the side of the good guys of course.

Some guys were fishing back in a river, and kept 3 very very very short bass, so I called an officers cell number and he sat on the side of the river watching them, then went to the other side, and then snuck down to witness them put the small fish in their car. After 300 bucks in tickets, they went home very mad.

So whatcha got? (winter thread)
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:00 PM
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Tip of the North jetty watching a regular bait fisherman on the tip. There are a few guys that will set up bait sticks on the tip and do not give a #$%^ who else is fishing. This guy in particular has rubbed me the wrong way several times with the way he handles himself and what he keeps.
This is so you get a idea of what he is like........I watched him limit out on weakies at the tip then go back to his camper and put them in the cooler and returned to limit out again, I said, What are ya doin you just limited earlier and your back? He replied those were my wives fish and these are mine, so that tells you what kind of a person he is.....
That day at the tip he was catching alot of shorts on clams, well it wasn't long before he became tired of climbing down to get the fish and release them, so he started to gaff them, he gaffed 2 and threw them back......I was like XXX are you doing?, replied I gaffed them in the tail and they'll live!!!
He gaffed 3 more and missed the tail so he decided to keep them(shorts)!!
I said "if you gaff one more short I'll cut your lines and kick your *** back to the beach so get the hell out of here before you get hurt!!!!" He replied who the hell do you think you are and told me to GFMS, he caught another short and went for the gaff, I cut his line at the reel with a filet knife and he went nuts on me, so I walked half way back and watched him gaff one more and keep it, I called the rangers and waited for them to show at the pocket and we sat quietly behind a camper out of site and waited, well they got him and he was fined and permit pulled for the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:09 PM
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Wow that takes a pair to cut a guys line. I was waiting for the story to go to, so I took his pole and snapped it over my knee. HAHA. Good for you though man.
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:58 PM
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Gary I have tons of north jetty stories, good and bad.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:24 PM
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I got a few from the PPB Jetty. Mostly bad..... Once this group of guys caught a striper, way short, and a friend who fishes with me has a big mouth kinda, and was callin them out, callin guys at the tackle shop he works at to call the warden. The guys threw the fish, a dead one, in the water and called him out and said "what fish?"

I was in shock. Totally didnt expect it. I have seen guys run off the jetty with small fluke and bass. But these guys just threw it back in.
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:32 PM
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North on a incoming and the weak fish were stacked up on the inside just over the sumberged rocks, everyone hooking up and this is the same day that the other guy limited out twice. A piece of crap boat pulls right to the rocks and throws a line over about 10 guys lines and fouls 2 others with his prop...Everyone is yelling at this guy and he could give a s#$% does it again, well someone tied on 3oz sinker and put it right thru the boats windshield.
They left!!!!
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:40 AM
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Nice!
I hit a surfer with a bunker head once. The head flew off and cliped him. He came out of the water, and got in my face, I just pulled my bait knife out of my wader pocket and held it at my waste and he just stopped and walked away down the beach. He was a BIG DUDE.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:16 AM
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Not proud of this story.
I hunt from a camp in north east Pa.. A couple of years ago I left my doe tag at camp and told a friend " if you need a tag use mine". He shot a doe and used my tag. He got stopped by a warden who wanted to know where I was.Within an hour the warden called my home and then my cell. How he got my cell # I will never know because it is not in my name. The next weekend I went up to the cabin. The warden called my cell and told me to meet him at his offise in 30min. I told him I skipped out of work drove up state,shot the doe and had to get back before the wife got home. He asked what time I got there and what time I left. He told me I was lying because he had viewed the toll booth photos and my car did not go through. The amount of info he had was amazing.I owned up to it and we both got fined. The officer was very proffesional and afterwards we had a really good conversation.
That was the first and only time I did something like that. Lesson learned.
He said that since 9\11 law inforcement was all kind of tools to locate people.
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:23 AM
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Fish and game officers tell us to call them , do not confront people . You have know idea what kind of nut case you may be dealing with.In pa it's an 800 #.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:19 AM
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In NJ, it's Operation Game Thief. I have it as "Game Thief" in my cell phone, 1-877-927-6337.

So far, I have never made a call though.
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:26 AM
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Here's a list to find other state's Poaching Hotline
About 10 years ago, I took a cousin snapper fishing of the Atlantic Highlands Maina fishing pier, thes 2 guys had 3, 5 gallon buckets full of what looked like 4-10" snappers (way over 30), weaks, bass, and while I was their I saw at least 1 10" fluke. I mentioned they had illegal fish, one guy said their was no size to blues, I said yeah but the limit is 10, and what about the stripers and weakfish, just kinda ignored me and kept fishing. I turned to my cousin and say well looks like all the fish have been caught, lets go somewhere else. Went and made the call, as I was walking past the harbor masters office I saw a guy standing outside and figured I'd tell him as well in case their was something he could do. He already had got the call to meet a wildlife officer who had just left Leonardo. So we stuck around, about 5 minutes later the officer showed up, asked some ?'s gave my 7 year old cousin a hat and walked over to the pier, we stuck around watching boats be launched and recovered, and could see them having a discusion next thing the police are their, the dummies said the had no I.D. and as the police were cufffing them and putting them into the car all the suden they had ID in the car but were told to late Did I get a nasty look as they drove by, and I would say it all went down in 15 minutes. Then we ended up gooing under the 36 bridge, no snappers but we found keeper weak's feeding on peanut's, snag hook out and he had a ball, and took one home. Now he's a Senior in High School, still has the hat and enjoys telling the story of his first fishing trip.
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:28 AM
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I prefer to deal with things on a local basis especially in IBSP, I try not to call anyone cause I think the threat of your peers constantly watching is more likely to keep someone on their toes than the occassional drive by from a ranger.....
here is another north jetty diddy.........1995 late in october at night fishing the tip, 1 keeper on a stringer and good night ahead, well the weather turned and the swells got a bit bigger and no moon so the jetty just inside of the tip and the half way point were under heavy wash and tide wasn't up all the way yet and just a headlamp no cell and only one other guy on the rocks, we were screwed the waves kept growing and the tip got smaller and smaller as the night raged on......We finally decided that the only safe thing to do was to get down in the rocks and tie ourselfs to the pole on the tip with our stringers and wait it out for sunrise and a dropping tide, it sucked the waves were just washing over us again and again all night .....Sun up comes and still just too dangerous to get in, finally the water went down enough that we were able to make a run for it and only got knocked down twice on the way in, nothing serioues but some cold fingers and wet clothes and probably a bit of hyperthermia but lived to do it again..
The jetty tip is no place to spend the night tied to a pole!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:43 AM
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Wow! That's some close call! I've been to the tip several times and I can say it still makes me a little bit nervous to be out there even in the middle of the day, much less at night.
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Old 01-30-2007, 01:55 PM
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I was 11 yrs old and living in South Seaside and we would come home from school in the fall and ride our bikes down to the boat dock just south of the kayak launch and take out my 11' whaler to go fishin, so we decided that we are goin out on Saturday for the whole day to chase bass in the inlet, and well we then proceeded to go outside and chase fish and chased them we did. I have always used a compass from the time my father showed me how to start a outboard and I always have one on my boat still today(handheld).
I took a heading and another and kind of got my bearings for the inlet and we went to the range bouy and beyond a bit. 2 11 yr old kids out about 3 miles in 11' whaler well someone thought this was odd and called the coast guard and they showed up we had 3 bass about 25lbs and they started to yell at us "what the hell are you guys doing out here!!!!!!!!" I turned and said "fishing what are you doin out here"! they were there for us they said, they had recieved a call about 2 kids in trouble!!!!! We started to laugh and well they did not appreciate it at all, and took us aboard and towed our boat back to LBI and called our folks, my old man said get your *** in the boat and home now..... Well they let us go as long as we headed back to tie up the boat in IBSP and home. I ignored them and back out the inlet we went 3 hrs later the same guys came back out for us and then escorted us to were my buddies old man was waiting with the trailer in LBI to take us back to Seaside.
We did not have a choice so went home with 4 bass just under 30lbs..... I now have my captains license and still to this day swear that we knew exactly what we were doin no matter what the Coast Guard had to say...
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Yeah, the Coast Guard doesn't have a clue... My son did many of the same things at that age, and some even dumber at an older age. We were talking awhile ago, when he was still in the Coast Guard, and that topic came up. He said he never thought twice about some of the things he did, until he had to go on a SAR looking for some young kids stranded in a small boat off the Hook. Seas kicked up out of nowhere, and they were pooping their pants... Luckily, no one was injured, and the boat was towed back, and saved. People complain about the Coast Guard interfering with their pursuit of pleasure, but when they screw up, as many do, they are happy to have their sorry butt pulled from the fire by them...
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