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Old 02-22-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Was just at Johnsons Beach by the "H" crossover and saw some guy pull in two reds at least over 25 lbs and over the slot limit. Of course he took off right after landed both fish(hooked at same time) What would you do? Consider calling and reporting him, or just say "right on brother" keep on fishing.....just curious....
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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let him eat...dont know the cicumstances
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:14 PM   #3
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With this economy and 1 or 2 fish for personal consumption, I tend to be more tolerant, a boat load and my compassion goes to anger.
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:25 PM   #4
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The FWC offers rewards for tips leading to convivtions. Hungry or not there is a set of rules. I look at it the same as if I saw someone slipping a steak onder their shirt at the grocery store. He is just causing the rulles affecting every law abiding fisherman to get tougher. Sort of like the person missusing a gun, making gun laws tougher for the majority of us that play by the rules. I say " skin him and grill him just like he does to the illegal redfish he took."
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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I's turn his ass in in a minute. Why not take a few does out of season or lets shoot a bald eagle. Heard manatee meat is really good too. Ever had a Florida panther steak? Yum..........
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:05 PM   #6
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From The FWC site:
If you know of illegal fishing, hunting, wildlife or boating activity, please report it to the FWC through the agency's Wildlife Alert Hotline. The number is 888-404-3922 and is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:27 PM   #7
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Would you turn someone in for taking food from a grocery store without paying or would you say it's OK if they are hungry? What about breaking into your house and taking your food/stuff. Would it be OK as long as they were just hungry?
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:30 PM   #8
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Isnt a redfish a federal fish?I ve heard of people keeping a lot more than that. One guy on 3 mile bridge hid them in countys locker till he left. not worth losing your car, and or boat, plus large fine. I tried to catch a bull red for 30 yrs, was always there thr day before or day after. caught 4 this yr on 25,s fishing for kings, back they went. last wk my friend caught a nice gag in bay, back he went, just not worth it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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Would you turn someone in for taking food from a grocery store without paying or would you say it's OK if they are hungry? What about breaking into your house and taking your food/stuff. Would it be OK as long as they were just hungry?
Guy was driving a nice truck with top...doubt he was starving...if you want to go in that direction, I was cool with the lower 9th ward residents in NOLA stealing food after Katrina...not so much with them stealing TV's and such...
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:51 PM   #10
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just because you have a nice truck(knew the story would be added to...lol,), does not mean obama has not destroyed you financially, I guess I see fishermen on boats cheating the system, commercial guys cheat all the time, who agrees with the fed on shutting down species and hurting our economy, so I am a bit more lenient on 2 fish that should be legal in the first place...had the catching of them killed the fish? want him to throw it back for the flippers?

Saying all that, I play by the rules but I don't know the Whole story on everyone so like I said, I would not turn him in, your word against his anyway, by the time you got anyone to respond he would have been home, they only show up when it is you anyway..
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