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Indian Point Wildlife Violators - Stringer of Short Smallmouth


Ben Gillispie

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For any of you guys who regularly fish from Indian Point Marina, be on the lookout for a silver/grey Scion. It's a little coup. There will be 4-5 or more teenagers and they've been fishing the docks around the marina. I frequent this area due to the many friends I have on D Dock. 

At first, they were just a little annoying, but I figured I was a teenager once, so let them be. They were down last night and again tonight. 

Beyond being a bit loud and teenager-ish, I saw them tonight with a stringer they could hardly lift just full of short smallmouth. Very few things get me going - there are a slew of illegal or frowned upon things I could witness and will almost always look the other way if it isn't affecting me or someones safety, but raping our resource of small-fish, especially smallmouth, is enough to make me call the law. I've fished the marina area for 3 years and haven't kept a single smallmouth and to see that just made me boil, especially knowing they probably had eggs. 

I'm not a whiner and every citizen, if licensed, has the right to catch and keep their share, when beyond the trophy limit. This was simply not the case!

Indian Point Police got there late, but I am sure they'll be back tomorrow. They boasted that they had caught 25 the last two nights, and they didn't have less than 15 shorts on a stringer. Drives me insane. I'm going to sting operation the punks tomorrow evening. If you're taking out and see the vehicle and a gang of teenagers, do us all a favor and call the law on them. I'll be down there waiting after 5. 

Rant over. Other than this ruining my night, fishing has been good. 

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Makes me sick to hear about this!!  I hope to heck they get caught and get more than a slap on the wrist!!

 

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4 minutes ago, Hunter53 said:

Makes me sick to hear about this!!  I hope to heck they get caught and get more than a slap on the wrist!!

 

You and me both - if they're back tomorrow they are going to get in trouble! Indian Point police said they'll come down if they are there. 

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Keep us posted what unfolds. Make sure there's plenty of evidence before calling the law. Would hate for the authorities to show up and this be the one night they aren't keeping any shorts.

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Maybe snap a pic of them checking on their haul a time or 2.

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Good looking out!

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Ben, good on you for getting involved and if I lived closer, I'd be there with you tonight. They obviously aren't the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, so hopefully they'll be back.

They're done anyway now that Big C is on the case. Thanks for helping out from afar, my friend.

Ben, let us know how this plays out, please and thanks.

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2 hours ago, motoman said:

Keep us posted what unfolds. Make sure there's plenty of evidence before calling the law. Would hate for the authorities to show up and this be the one night they aren't keeping any shorts.

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Maybe snap a pic of them checking on their haul a time or 2.

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Good looking out!

Still might deter them a bit if they know somebody is watching and checking.

We'll be staying right next door all next week so we will keep an eye out.

 

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."  George Carlin

"The only money ever wasted is money never spent."  Me.

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