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(Quad City Times)   Fishermen busted by DNR officials for having a few too many fish over the limit. 332 over, to be exact   (qctimes.com) divider line 7
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2013-05-23 11:29:18 AM
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Anayalator: Is anyone on FARK a fisherman? I amy be the only one, I dunno, but this story bothers me. If there is another fisherman nearby, have him read the names of the accused and I promise he has seen this before. I know I have.


I fish weekly... but everything is catch and release.  I have a major problem with people taking more game than is allowed.  The limits are there to ensure a healthy population.  Smart outdoorsmen understand this concept and appreciate it.  Personally, I think they should get some jail time.  Same with people that harvest deer out of season or take more than the limit.  These are managed resources that can't be pillaged or they won't exist in the future.

They probably voted for Obama.  ;-)
2013-05-23 11:23:32 AM
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Fizpez: The concept of a possession limit confuses me - that seems to suggest that if your daily limit AND possession limit is 5 fish, you take em home, clean em and freeze em - you're not allowed to go fishing again until you eat some of the 5 in your freezer. But if you want to eat 5 fish ever day you're free to do so.


That's because you're too honest.  What you have to understand about fishermen is that they are the scummiest, dirtbag, lying, cheating, short-sighted, self-centered and downright shameless people you'll ever meet.  The exceptions apply like Fark's rule of cops, where 99% give the other 1% a bad name.  And they all think that we're still in the days of 1500 years ago when every body of water was so stocked with fish you could just reach in and grab them if not for the Big Bad Gummint, rather than precisely the reason why our waters are a dangerously depleted resource.

Imagine if there wasn't a possession limit.  Say you can only catch 25 fish a day, but then someone's seen trying to sell a pile of about 500 fish.  The first thing they're going to say when they're caught red-handed with a crapton of illegally caught fish is, "Aw, shucks, we didn't fish those today; we only caught 25.  This is our stash we've saved up over weeks!"  Or, "We didn't catch these; we bought 'em and just reselling them.  If they were illegal, you'd better ask around."  Or any number of a hundred blatant lies that are just plausible enough to put the burden of proof on law enforcement, because that's all they need to do.  It doesn't really matter that no one believes their bullshiat.  If a fish is in an icebox it's certainly possible to tell how old it is, but more trouble than it's worth when just about every damn fisherman is a lying scumbag.

So, a possession law takes the burden of proof away from law enforcement and back on the fishermen.  Makes the job of dealing with these people a lot easier.
"Aw, shucks, we didn't catch those --"
"I don't care.  It's illegal to have that many fish anyway."

It takes going about that far to keep our waters from being picked clean.
2013-05-23 11:00:08 AM
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Fizpez: The concept of a possession limit confuses me - that seems to suggest that if your daily limit AND possession limit is 5 fish, you take em home, clean em and freeze em - you're not allowed to go fishing again until you eat some of the 5 in your freezer.  But if you want to eat 5 fish ever day you're free to do so.


Yup.  If you eat 'em, you're good.  There's a daily limit, and a total possession limit.  I think it is intended to prevent unlimited harvesting, unless you're consuming them.  I get it, but it seems weird that they can come and look in your freezer though.
2013-05-23 10:58:52 AM
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Is anyone on FARK a fisherman? I amy be the only one, I dunno, but this story bothers me. If there is another fisherman nearby, have him read the names of the accused and I promise he has seen this before. I know I have.
2013-05-23 10:56:05 AM
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The concept of a possession limit confuses me - that seems to suggest that if your daily limit AND possession limit is 5 fish, you take em home, clean em and freeze em - you're not allowed to go fishing again until you eat some of the 5 in your freezer.  But if you want to eat 5 fish ever day you're free to do so.
2013-05-23 10:52:49 AM
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Just out of curiosity what were they using for bait?
2013-05-23 09:06:17 AM
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Maybe they'll plead gillty for a lighter sentence.
 
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