In one case, a noted party boat in Pt. Pleasant Beach (and not the one you think either), the fishery Po-Po figuratively did some "dumpster diving...."
Last week the Fed fish cop boarded the XXXXXXXXX when it tied up. Looked at the rack barrel, saw 2 xxxxxxx racks and immediately went upstairs to check the log book. He told Xxxxxxxxxxx, "good thing you logged those two xxxxxxx."
Aren't you allowed to edit VTRs before you send them in? Just wondering.....
Here is another one:
The other day a destroyer sized Coast Guard cutter steaming from - or to Maine, stopped, sent and boarded with the orange rubber boat the XXXXXXX at sea. Even after he showed his inspection cert. from May, they still went through everything.
This is not unusual and to be expected during the season when the USCG is around.....
The topper though was on what happened today....
Stopped by the inlet (Squan) today after I left work early. Maybe 6-7 guys fishing spread out all along the wall. Guy In front of my truck gets a bite and swings in a small sundial. Right into his bucket. He did measure it for some weird reason. Immediately gets another and into the bucket. (So I guess the windowpanes have moved in).
Third cast, same thing. So I'm thinking, "man I hope the fish police aren't here!"
It's like I wished that onto this poor guy. Here he comes, fish cop Dimwitty.
Took the 6 or so, sundials he had and handed him a ticket. What a bunch of @%$#@. A non targeted, of little commercial value, not overfished-fish and this poor guy is ticketed for 6 fish right before Thanksgiving.
Honestly, our tax dollars are paying for a guy to write tickets for a fish typically stripped for bait.
Ling, whiting, mackeral, yellowtail are all fished out from what was once HUGE biomass and yet are all unregulated. But God forbid you kill a fish that isn't targeted or considered trash like sundial, congo, or shark.
Now I can imagine many would read this and wonder.... can you be given a colored piece of paper with legal writing for possessing windowpane flounder?
As was then told to me:
I do know, at least in NJ, that sundials and congo bunnies are and I do know at least in NJ, are verboten. Think about that.
This time of year, Squan inlet gets flooded with them and again in late April/early May. No one fishes for them (targets dials), but the fishermen along the wall with upside down spinning reels and spark plugs for sinkers catch a few. They keep them (probably thinking they are flounder, fluke, yellowtails, or who knows) but you know those guys eat every last piece of those fish. .
Personally I understand the meaning of 'strict' possession, but to write up any fishermen for these extremely minor infractions that few fishermen know about on a specie such as windowpane flounder, makes one wonder.....and as I always now point out, just imagine these same 'Fish Po-Po' asking either state troopers or other law enforcement for courtesy while violating various vehicle and traffic laws..............