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(Anchorage Daily News)   Fishing guide jokingly claims in his logbook that he caught tuna and blue whales on a river outing, but Fish and Game isn't laughing   (adn.com) divider line 46
    More: Amusing, blue whales, Kasilof River, state troopers, fish  
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2012-12-15 08:13:26 AM
Sunny missed the chance for a chupacabra headline. NEVER miss a chance at a chupacabre headline.
 
2012-12-15 08:14:02 AM
He did it in Alaska.. *facepalm*.. He got what he deserved.
 
2012-12-15 08:15:51 AM
It wasn't very funny, but it doesn't seem like such a serious crime.

Surely the Alaskan authorities could have made him fill out a new log with the real information.
 
2012-12-15 08:15:58 AM
Well, baramundi is a bloody big fish.
 
2012-12-15 08:17:05 AM
Maybe he meant "blew"?
 
2012-12-15 08:20:02 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: It wasn't very funny, but it doesn't seem like such a serious crime.

Surely the Alaskan authorities could have made him fill out a new log with the real information.


Getting caught lying in a logbook in Alaska is like lying to a Texas cop about speeding.. You're gonna have a bad time..
 
2012-12-15 08:22:18 AM
The Alaska State Troopers didn't see the humor and charged the Alabama man with "failure to complete logbook as required by Alaska Department of Fish and Game," reports Alaska Dispatch.

ichef.bbci.co.uk 
Dear Alaska State troopers. This is a blue whale. It is very very big.
 
2012-12-15 08:26:55 AM
You don't lie in a logbook. You can lie to your passengers, your bar buddies, tourists, anybody you like--but you don't lie in your official document that might be looked at by law enforcement. If you'll fill that in wrong for a joke, what else might you lie about?

And now he knows.
 
2012-12-15 08:28:48 AM
This just in.... Government workers have no sense of humor. Discretion? Alien concept.

/I R 1
 
2012-12-15 08:36:06 AM

cryinoutloud: You don't lie in a logbook. You can lie to your passengers, your bar buddies, tourists, anybody you like--but you don't lie in your official document that might be looked at by law enforcement. If you'll fill that in wrong for a joke, what else might you lie about?

And now he knows.


When you tell a joke, are you lying? Bad idea to joke in the logbook, perhaps, but lying implies deceit. I'm confident that he didn't expect anyone to believe there were whales in the river.

/also disturbed that you are okay with lying to essentially anyone but the government, but okay with law enforcement not using any discretion whatsoever. Orson Welles would like a word with you
 
2012-12-15 08:52:08 AM
El chupacabra is moving norte!

Surely this is due to global warming!

God help us if he makes it into Canada!
 
2012-12-15 08:52:49 AM

Tanthalas39: When you tell a joke, are you lying? Bad idea to joke in the logbook, perhaps, but lying implies deceit


If he said he caught a whale in an official logbook and he didn't, then it's technically lying in the eyes of the official looking at the logs. Whether the officials believe him or not is almost irrelevant, he said he caught a whale and he didn't.

Alas, bureaucracy doesn't allow for humour. Otherwise they would have arrested him for killing a whale and chalked up the tuna against his catch allowance.
 
2012-12-15 09:21:46 AM
What a pansy, I caught 20' salt water crocodiles at Navy Pier
 
2012-12-15 09:25:42 AM

Pockafrusta: This just in.... Government workers have no sense of humor. Discretion? Alien concept.

/I R 1


I'd say the government employee is using discretion. If the guy had made an innocent mistake, like a typo or leaving out a required section, the Fish and Game cops may have used their discretion to have him simply correct the error. When they see the guy being a smartass on an official document and now have to spend time and energy to track him down to resolve it, they use their discretion to turn the screws on him.

The guy may have thought it was funny, and you may think the cop's sense of humor needs adjusting, but all it represents to the cop is more work because some guy intentionally did his job wrong.
 
2012-12-15 09:29:21 AM
They say I'd blown a seal.
I said fix the damn thing and leave my private life out of it, OK, pal?
 
2012-12-15 09:38:57 AM
Sorry, but official log books are not the time for joking. I understand the kid was trying to be funny, but those log books are filled out for a good reason.
 
2012-12-15 09:40:58 AM
Yea, something's fishy here, maybe he did it just for the halibut.
 
2012-12-15 09:42:32 AM
Can they prove he didn't?
 
2012-12-15 09:44:30 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com

"I caught a fish 'this' big!"
 
2012-12-15 09:59:55 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: "I caught a fish 'this' big!"


Nook... you owe me one
 
2012-12-15 10:04:44 AM
At least he's not punching squid in the face.
 
2012-12-15 10:09:11 AM

Tanthalas39: When you tell a joke, are you lying? Bad idea to joke in the logbook, perhaps, but lying implies deceit. I'm confident that he didn't expect anyone to believe there were whales in the river.
/also disturbed that you are okay with lying to essentially anyone but the government, but okay with law enforcement not using any discretion whatsoever. Orson Welles would like a word with you


You take yourself very seriously, don't you? Fishermen......lying.....Never mind, I'm sure you've never heard that joke. You sound like you wouldn't know a joke if it bit you.
 
2012-12-15 10:20:25 AM

Pockafrusta: This just in.... Government workers have no sense of humor. Discretion? Alien concept.


I know. I once made a joke on my tax return about donating a few hundred billion to charity...
 
2012-12-15 10:35:38 AM
Troopers doubt the validity of Terry's logbook. Expert anglers say it would be impossible to land a blue whale on sport-fishing gear. There has never been a verified report of a tuna in the Kasilof. Scientists have yet to find a jack beluga. And though Alaska has coyotes, those with serious mange rarely survive the winter, and none are known to swim and take bait in Alaska rivers.

That is a collection of some of the most painfully obvious statements I have ever seen made in print outside of a Ric Romero article. I love the fact that they apparently spoke with an "expert angler" to get his perspective on the likelihood of catching a blue whale with a sport-fishing rig. In a river.

That said, don't f*ck around with legally required documentation. Odds are pretty good that no one is going to be amused.
 
2012-12-15 10:39:55 AM
Government = no sense of humor
 
2012-12-15 10:45:08 AM

cryinoutloud: Tanthalas39: When you tell a joke, are you lying? Bad idea to joke in the logbook, perhaps, but lying implies deceit. I'm confident that he didn't expect anyone to believe there were whales in the river.
/also disturbed that you are okay with lying to essentially anyone but the government, but okay with law enforcement not using any discretion whatsoever. Orson Welles would like a word with you

You take yourself very seriously, don't you? Fishermen......lying.....Never mind, I'm sure you've never heard that joke. You sound like you wouldn't know a joke if it bit you.


Right, you were just being humorous in your original post.

/cue jon lovitz
 
2012-12-15 10:46:12 AM
Right, you were just being humorous in your original post.

/cue jon lovitz
 
2012-12-15 10:55:00 AM
I know I want my tax dollars spent on some guy trying to figure out which information is real and which is a bad joke.
 
2012-12-15 10:58:24 AM
There's a time for everything, and this loser learned a bit about when not to make stupid jokes. My youngest kid still needs to learn this lesson too. Maybe I should take her fishing?
 
2012-12-15 11:04:56 AM
my semi-unrelated csb:

i was in navy's nuclear power program in orlando where they have no sense of humor. one guy had some minor infraction and his punishment was to stand watch at a small lake (a pond really) from midnight to 4 AM one night. he was to keep a logbook of the watch. so, being smartass, he logged in a submarine surfacing some time during the night. after his punishment, they kicked him out of the program and sent him to captains mast for falsifying a government document.
 
2012-12-15 11:57:26 AM
It's okay to be Exxon and to decimate the Prince William Sound but don't you dare joke about a fish, fishing guy. (fish, mammal, whatev)

/i can has Bank of America mexican drug cartel whitewash money for no prison time too?
 
2012-12-15 12:06:30 PM

King Keepo: Alas, bureaucracy doesn't allow for humour. Otherwise they would have arrested him for killing a whale and chalked up the tuna against his catch allowance.


This is exactly what I expected to find in the article; not sure if I'm relieved that I didn't.
 
2012-12-15 12:44:20 PM

cryinoutloud: Tanthalas39: When you tell a joke, are you lying? Bad idea to joke in the logbook, perhaps, but lying implies deceit. I'm confident that he didn't expect anyone to believe there were whales in the river.
/also disturbed that you are okay with lying to essentially anyone but the government, but okay with law enforcement not using any discretion whatsoever. Orson Welles would like a word with you

You take yourself very seriously, don't you? Fishermen......lying.....Never mind, I'm sure you've never heard that joke. You sound like you wouldn't know a joke if it bit you.


You have to be trolling. No one can be this stupidz
 
2012-12-15 12:48:52 PM
So what's the penalty? It seems like it's just a fine, if it was jail I think the article would have mentioned that.
 
2012-12-15 12:50:48 PM
Nevermind, the linked article has that: a summons to appear in court that can be avoided with $210 fine. Almost worth it if he gets to keep the logbook with a giant red "REJECTED" stamp in it.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2012-12-15 12:51:27 PM
This was truly STUPID.
Somewhat akin to me logging a leg through prohibited airspace.
Might be funny, but will result in you never again holding a pilots license and you my very well be given some time in "Club Fed" for your asininity.
 
2012-12-15 12:59:58 PM
No, logging a leg through a P-area is within the realm of possibility.
It would be like logging a flight to the moon or a 152 flight from the US to Moscow.
 
2012-12-15 01:00:50 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Government = no sense of humor


Odd. I work for a government. My coworkers and I have a great time, joke, pull pranks and break balls. There are some days where I laugh for ten hours straight. What I don't find humorous is when some jerk thinks he's being funny but instead is making my life more difficult.
 
2012-12-15 01:21:48 PM
Interesting would be if he chose to fight it.
Can you PROVE that I did not, in fact, catch a tuna or blue whale??
It's easy for the troopers to discover physical evidence of fish that were caught but not logged, but a hell of a lot harder to prove logged but not caught.
Of course, that would require perjury, and the guy's probably in enough trouble already.
 
2012-12-15 01:40:41 PM

lizyrd: Pockafrusta: This just in.... Government workers have no sense of humor. Discretion? Alien concept.

/I R 1

I'd say the government employee is using discretion. If the guy had made an innocent mistake, like a typo or leaving out a required section, the Fish and Game cops may have used their discretion to have him simply correct the error. When they see the guy being a smartass on an official document and now have to spend time and energy to track him down to resolve it, they use their discretion to turn the screws on him.

The guy may have thought it was funny, and you may think the cop's sense of humor needs adjusting, but all it represents to the cop is more work because some guy intentionally did his job wrong.


Um, yeah, that.

Alaska is a big place, and there are a lot of "Young Gun" guides out there trying to make a name for themselves in a market dominated by a few large guide/outfitter companies. In order to attract clients they sometimes skirt or outright violate the regulations to get the BIG king/halibut/sheep/moose/whatever.

The troopers spend a shiat ton of resources and time monitoring those guys, so when someone screws with them in such a blatant manner by putting jokes into an official document it's no wonder they would be pissy about it.

/little brother is a guide. Keeps it legal. (as far as I know)
 
2012-12-15 01:53:03 PM
It's a good thing that every aspect of our lives is now approved by government officials with such nice dispositions.
 
2012-12-15 05:43:52 PM
I recommend not paying the fine until he gets an Alaskan lawyer to lookup the future consequences of having something like this on your record. If the enforcement is half-way unreasonable, having it on your record could be worse.

CSB:
Trucker friend decided over several years not to fight citations that he felt he didn't deserve but would have taken time and money. The fine was easier than protesting.

After several years a third citation came with a surprise he hadn't been told would happen. His driver's insurance rate now makes it imposible to drive and make money doing it. He'd have to pay more money in insurance than he'd get in wages. And that is for the rest of his life, some detail he didn't know when he chose not to fight the citations.
 
2012-12-15 07:52:47 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: "I caught a fish 'this' big!"

Nook... you owe me one


I guess I do. You're the only one in this thread with a sense of humor. :)
 
2012-12-15 09:38:11 PM
i30.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-15 11:47:24 PM
Dave from Tuna.com on the show "Tuna Hunters" is pissed and says he'll bring in two fish bigger by the end of the week!
 
2012-12-16 05:30:04 AM

boomm: I recommend not paying the fine until he gets an Alaskan lawyer to lookup the future consequences of having something like this on your record. If the enforcement is half-way unreasonable, having it on your record could be worse.

CSB:
Trucker friend decided over several years not to fight citations that he felt he didn't deserve but would have taken time and money. The fine was easier than protesting.

After several years a third citation came with a surprise he hadn't been told would happen. His driver's insurance rate now makes it imposible to drive and make money doing it. He'd have to pay more money in insurance than he'd get in wages. And that is for the rest of his life, some detail he didn't know when he chose not to fight the citations.


What was he getting cited for? DUI?
 
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