Just wondering how different, and better intentioned fishermen deal with poachers. And to me a poacher is anyone who is fishing illegally in any way and/or keeping fish illegally. Anyone who ignores the rules, doesn't trouble to learn them or chooses to participate in fishing when they're too dumb to know better deserves a criminal moniker. I guess my MO is: If they're clearly ignorant I inform them of the rules. They usually stop fishing. At least in my presence. If they're clearly pre meditated criminals I size them up. If I think I can't win a fight I pretend that I have mistaken them as honestly not knowing better. And I touch on the rules and banter a little about the fragility of fisheries. Pretending I have no reason to think they don't give a shit. If it ever gets scary I let it go. I'm not taking an ass whoopin' for a fish when I can't make any real difference anyway. This rarely works. But it has. If I think I CAN take them in a fight I start with the same polite, non assumptive manner. If that doesn't go well I get more aggressive. Of course I'm not going to beat someone up and leave them in the woods. So it's pretty hollow. This often works. Not always. How effective can spotting their car, writing down the plate number and calling it in possibly be? Does anyone know if this has ever even resulted in punishment? By the time authorities follow up, if they ever do, the crime is likely done and there is no evidence short of your witness. I just hate poachers. If anyone knows a creative way to make a difference I'd like to hear it. EDIT: I'm really not interested in the "I'd whoop dey ass!" answer. I'm sure there are some that would. And some will say that when they actually wouldn't (I'm also not interested in "Oh 'es I wuud!.. spit, p'ting).