poaching?

gt

Active Member
#1
so the fog rolled into the dungeness spit this afternoon changing our plans for a couple mile walk. so off to pt williams we headed and back into the sunshine. as you will recall, the indian crab season ended this past week and they were very busy pulling their pots and hauling them off for a couple of days in order to meet the sundown friday deadline.

as we started down the beach, i notice a white buoy a couple of hundreds yards out. now if you have observed this indian fishery, you would have noted they don't follow the red/white buoy rule but use pretty much whatever buoys they choose. well i stopped and scanned the water, and without my binoculars, could clearly see a dozen floats still out there fishing.

we walked to the end of the spit and started back to notice a boat had just launched form the pt williams put in, kind of a rough spot to launch a boat much bigger than 16-17'. the folks in the boat ran straight to the closest float, stopped and looked at it, humm, and kept going across the 'bay' to the other side where it appeared they beached their boat on the miller pennisula.

i decided to report this activity so pulled out the fishing regulations to find the mysterious poacher hotline. ever call it? '...don't leave a message we won't call you back until tomorrow, call the state police # (they don't tell you what that is) and ask for game enforcement...' so i had to wait until i got home, found the state police # and called. an endless selection of items from the menu finally got to #8 'game violations', so a couple more button pushes and the 'crab' of the century answers, i guess she was pissed she had to work on sunday.

she took my name and phone # and indicated an enforcement officer would call, as soon as she could find one! but, it only took about 10 minutes until the call was returned. a nice guy who happened to be 3 hours away was the only one working this county! talk about spread thin.

i passed my observations along and described the boat and the behavior of the occupants. now i have no idea if these traps belong to this boat, it just looked kind of funny to me. he told me he would check on the traps TOMORROW. so i suggested he might want to give the sheriff a call to see if they could go down and check on the truck and its occupants. he was going to see if the 'had anyone available' to go take a look.

boy, if you really want to become a poacher, i don't know how much easier it could be to kill anything you wish 'cause enforcement is just not available.
 
#2
Someone should make a movie about a guy who takes poaching enforcement into his own hands... I call Dibs!

But it really is a shame.
 
#3
So, do you want to collect and compare stories? This is just one more example of law enforcement not being able to maintain the law let alone enforce the law.
Tom C.
 

gt

Active Member
#6
thanks FLgator, it does take all the eyes on the board and beyond to keep watching what is going on and take the necessary action. i just wish the outcomes could be more positive and immediate but we have what we have.
 

Mr.E

He called me an Elitist ?? LOL ..what a moron
#7
GT, you did all you can do, besides that DFG couldn't of done anything about it anyways. Only the Tribal wardens can.

The Tribal Wardens take their jobs seriously if enough complaints come in.
 

gt

Active Member
#8
and you guessed it, traps are still fishing. and interestingly, they all have been repositioned! so someone tending these crab traps, out of season.

sooooo, i called the WDFW poacher line during their business hours. again, another nice voice took the info and said he would have a WDFW enforcement officer, as opposed to the state police, '...look into this...'.

now i'll have to go down there again tomorrow just to see if the traps are still fishing.

what'a bet???
 

gt

Active Member
#9
ahhh, yep, still fishin' away. i guess neither the state police game enforcement nor the WDFW enforcement folks care enough to check this out. makes me seriously ponder whether i will ever phone them again regarding any apparent game violation i may see.

and in the mean time, the three enforcement boats moored at john wayne marina have not been move in who knows how long. disgusting!
 
#10
:thumb:So let me know if you'll be taking poaching enforcement into your own hands. While I'd still love to make a feature length action movie with lots of explosions about the subject, a documentary would be fantastic also.:thumb:
 
#11
Go out, pull up the pots, release the catch, drop in a waterproof note saying "Thanks for the crabs, a-hole", weld the lid shut (as seen in "The deadliest catch") and drop them back in. OK. A bit extreme but it would be fun. :thumb:
 

gt

Active Member
#12
i was thinkin' about inventing something more along the lines of one of those chariot movies where there was a mean lookin' chopper affixed to the wheel hub. mine would have a sort of grabber arm and a circular super sharp blade, kind of like a meat slicer, being turned by a slotted paddle wheel sort of arrangement via your boat's forward movement. all of this underwater, obviously. that way you could make a close pass with the boat, hook the line, slice the line and the float would simply drift off.

after all, you know it's against the law to pull someone elses crab pot!

but, time is short right now so i emailed by state representative, again, and asked him to check this out and get back to me. better his time than mine.
 

D3Smartie

Active Member
#13
i dont know what the regs are in areas 9 and 10 but there are comm. or tribal pots all over the place that have not been pulled in weeks. some strings are being worked but others just collect shit, sink and then hang up my DRs and gear when i am King fishing.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#14
Go out, pull up the pots, release the catch, drop in a waterproof note saying "Thanks for the crabs, a-hole", weld the lid shut (as seen in "The deadliest catch") and drop them back in. OK. A bit extreme but it would be fun. :thumb:

Tim, awesome idea, but I bet when you do that the enforcement officers will be watching and then you'll get fined for fishing crab gear improperly, running someone elses traps or some other bullshit and they'll "get their man" and really miss the actual culprits.
 
#15
Tim, awesome idea, but I bet when you do that the enforcement officers will be watching and then you'll get fined for fishing crab gear improperly, running someone elses traps or some other bullshit and they'll "get their man" and really miss the actual culprits.
A good deed should never go unpunished. :ray1: