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I Saw a DEEP Officer

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He was at the popular weakfish spot. When I told him 'thanks for checking this place out,' he asked me if I had any concerns. I said yeah, poaching along the river I live near, and named 4 spots. He said he was aware of each spot and his dept. had visited each and suggested action had been taken in some instances. It DOES seem like I'm running into less poaching at those spots, and on several occasions I've had them to myself, when in the past I've had to share the spot with idiots who cast over me and keep everything they can hide in the bushes and run to their trunk, later.

 

 

 

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Glad to hear they are out there to some  degree, I haven't seen one for yrs,.h you could get some portion of the license fees to be dedicated to the DEEP enforcement dept.  I would even pay a surplus if it went to enforcement. 

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I was checked in NY near Byram, Ct. on LIS for the Marine Registry twice recently. Poachers-beware

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I ran into one at Silver Sands, stopped to chat with him and he seemed annoyed I interrupted him while he had his face buried in his cell phone.  :shrug:  Oh well, better to have him there than not.  

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My son was stopped while fishing at a small pond here in town.not far from Silver Sands. Went through the usual BS...license ID etc, then shot the crap for a while and gave my son his business card.

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Since they are so thinned out at enforcement you'd think the fines for poaching and littering would be through the roof. A grand a short would slow em down. Good to see they are checking.

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A fine per short, confiscation of catch, potential revocation of license if they have one is my guess. Not sure on gear. Some states will pick the bones clean if in violation.

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Last time I called them it was to report some guys cast-netting river herring at a popular spring striper spot.  The officer showed up 2 hours later, long after the poachers had left, and then wrote me a ticket for "interfering with the migration of a federally-protected species" which apparently I was doing by throwing pencil poppers in the vicinity of a fish ladder.  I don't bother calling anymore.

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 We are pretty much deputized here in CT to call TIP immediately if anyone sees a violation and you're the one to get popped!?! I'd be bitter too. Need a go-pro to proclaim innocence now a days. SMH.

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5 hours ago, EBHarvey said:

Last time I called them it was to report some guys cast-netting river herring at a popular spring striper spot.  The officer showed up 2 hours later, long after the poachers had left, and then wrote me a ticket for "interfering with the migration of a federally-protected species" which apparently I was doing by throwing pencil poppers in the vicinity of a fish ladder.  I don't bother calling anymore.

i've always just called and left the area so these kinds of things wont happen.

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Would have been useful to have taken a phone picture as proof of what was going on.  Great thing about tech today there is always a phone on somebody when something happens.  Can't believe you ticked for calling and being there.

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