Occupy Skagit Signage

Evan Burck

Fudge Dragon
#7
I also conversed with someone on the "inside" today who wishes to remain anonymous. He highly advised against the "mock fishing" that is part of the plan, as that could severely backfire on us. Anything like that, hook or not, that could pull a fish from its own devices is considered fishing, and could be treated as such.

not sure if local enforcement would give a free pass for this, but I trust this guy's input.
 

Jim B

Active Member
#8
When I called in to the ESPN Outdoor Line show after Curt Kraemer spoke on the air a few weeks ago, and suggested that they could broadcast the show from Rockport this Sat morning, they said they couldn't do that, but they'd be calling Occupy Skagit reps "in the field"...have those reps been identified?
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#9
I also conversed with someone on the "inside" today who wishes to remain anonymous. He highly advised against the "mock fishing" that is part of the plan, as that could severely backfire on us. Anything like that, hook or not, that could pull a fish from its own devices is considered fishing, and could be treated as such.

not sure if local enforcement would give a free pass for this, but I trust this guy's input.
WW talked to the local WDFW officer out of La Conner and although he had some concerns, he did not have any major objections but I will let WW fill in the details.
 
#10
WW talked to the local WDFW officer out of La Conner and although he had some concerns, he did not have any major objections but I will let WW fill in the details.
I figured it hadn't been completely blown off, but it was worth throwing that out there. The person I had spoken with was actually quite concerned about that going on (and he's in such a position that it's worth taking seriously). Hopefully the local WDFW officer's approval is enough.
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#11
I talked with the local guy, Rich Phillips, (not sure of his rank) and he said that as long as there are no hooks in the water there will be no problem. Just like there is no problem at all of the casting demonstrations and lessons done on closed water throughout the PNW.

What they will be on the lookout for is people who may or may not be associated with us taking advantage of the situation and trying to sneak in a little angling. They will be there and probably look at a couple of outfits before they go in the water. I've known Rich for over 20 years...I've seen him write up a guy from National Geographic...He does not play favorites...I pity the fool that tries to do a little fishing up there on Saturday!

If he lied to me...then I'll get a ticket and get to argue my case in court.
 
#12
I talked with the local guy, Rich Phillips, (not sure of his rank) and he said that as long as there are no hooks in the water there will be no problem. Just like there is no problem at all of the casting demonstrations and lessons done on closed water throughout the PNW.

What they will be on the lookout for is people who may or may not be associated with us taking advantage of the situation and trying to sneak in a little angling. They will be there and probably look at a couple of outfits before they go in the water. I've known Rich for over 20 years...I've seen him write up a guy from National Geographic...He does not play favorites...I pity the fool that tries to do a little fishing up there on Saturday!

If he lied to me...then I'll get a ticket and get to argue my case in court.
That's cool. Might want to check in with NOAA as well, since they are the overseers of all things listed under ESA. That's where most of the concern lies from my conversation.
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
#15
That's cool. Might want to check in with NOAA as well, since they are the overseers of all things listed under ESA. That's where most of the concern lies from my conversation.
Cool! I wasn't aware they knew about us!

Am I the only one that sees the irony here:
Contrary to federal law and "The War On Drugs", I can possess pot and smoke it in the privacy of my home and they will ignore me.
But go out and pretend to fish and they are "concerned".

If they are truly concerned about wild steelhead maybe they should be concerned that their broad brush approach has the Skagit numbers propping up fisheries on 'Endangered' runs on other streams instead of a few guys practicing their casting, HOOKLESS, over a healthy run.

Several moons ago I asked a question that went something like this:
"Cripes-A-Mighty! Who dreams up this shit?"
Perhaps, I have the answer to that question...