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Old 08-30-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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I put the boat in Thursday night on a solo trip about 10 pm. I fished my usual "honey" hole and came up with ......nothing!! fish were not there this time. I think dead low tide mixed in with the nearly full moon worked against me this time. So I get to this creek I always go in to fish and make my rounds in there and head out. When I got back to the big water, a voice from a rather large commercial dock rings out. I make my over to him and he proceeds to tell me that I am trespassing on private property. I realized he did have his side arm on and unlatched, as if he may have to draw it or something. I see his badge on his left shoulder and then realize that he is a rent-a-cop, security guy. He tells me I must leave the area and never go back in there as people called and said I was trespassing"The landowners" i suppose. Now I am an EX-Police officer in Alabama, and I know that, I pay taxes, payed for out of state licences and was definitely not breaking any trespassing laws. I informed him of this and he got a little loud about the fact I was arguing this with him. I asked him if he had a Law book or any other information about me being here illegally, that I would like to see it, and that also if I was here wrongfully, it should be marked as posted. He went to read his little book and came back a few minutes later apologizing for the mistake he had made. So to say the least, A long night of no fish got a little more sour with rude a non law knowing person. Know your laws guys, and stand up for what is right and wrong.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:54 PM   #2
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Not sure where you are, but here in AL, ALL navigable creeks and rivers are public. It does not matter who owns the land on either or both sides of it. If you can get a boat in it, you can fish it. There is also a 10ft (if I recall correctly) state right of way around all bridges on public roads.

NOW, comes the part whether you should. If you are 5 miles up whoosawhatchit creek and farmer John decides to pull a shotgun on you, you could be in a world of hurt. He's not going believe you or care that the law is on your side. If you go back next time and he pulls it again, you pull your pistol and get into a running gun battle with him, and he gets killed.... You are going to have a hell of a time explaining your way out of it...

You were in the right (as you already know) but sometimes it is best to pick your battles. :-)
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yeah you are right. As long as I stay in the boat and do not get out of it, I am legal. I was not wrong and did not break any laws. As I stated, I am an Ex-police officer and JAIL is not a place for me!!! lol, I m not breaking any laws!!! That guy just didnt know what he was talking about. I think he had a big guy behind the badge affect going on there! And with the land owners saying something as we glide the surface searching for big flatties, They had to know that buying houses on the water like that, that there was gonna come a night that a light or generator would wake them up. Im sure it gets annoying and all, but with beauty comes a surfice.
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We have a creek south of us in Baker Co. GA. The land on both sides is owned by the CocaCola Woodruff family. A local farmer put a raft in the creek & loaded a bale of cotton & a goat to prove the creek was navigable & a public waterway. The law (judge) still ruled against him. It was a big thing on the news around here.
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Thats actually funny!! lol Its a shame though, that it seems money in your bank account can get you things even if your wrong. I am pretty versed in the law here, and I will be back in my little ole flat fish producing creek very soon..I just hope the tide and moon will cooperate this time!
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We have a creek south of us in Baker Co. GA. The land on both sides is owned by the CocaCola Woodruff family. A local farmer put a raft in the creek & loaded a bale of cotton & a goat to prove the creek was navigable & a public waterway. The law (judge) still ruled against him. It was a big thing on the news around here.
Sounds like somebody needs to arange a HUGE kayak festival just upstream from him. haha
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