There is no "outcome" other than what happened that night.Does anyone now what the outcome was with the story about all the illeagel sea bass on the party boat? Was it true? There was alot of talk, and now nothing..
I believe there is a food bank in AC that they bring confiscated fish to. I know in large commercial seizures the feds will sell at fair market value and put money in asset forfeiture fund but I do not know about the state.Rageboat said:Thanks TB for the straight story on this. What happens when F&G confiscates illegal fish? Do they keep them or discard them? Always wondered how that took place? Seems to be such a waste if they did discard?
No, only the people who caught and kept illegal fish received a citation.Could Capt TB tell us if the Capt or any of the mates recieved a citation.Also I think your reply should be posted on the other website that hes a sponsor on just to inform the others over there what the real story is.Thanks for posting the story.
Thanks for the info............There is no "outcome" other than what happened that night.
During roll call, when every customer is taken off the boat and all spoken to by the captain before the boat sails and then called on board in the order of their reservations, everyone was told by the captain himself what is and is not in season. The entire crowd was told that sea bass were not allowed to be kept and must be thrown back. During the trip the crew also told people that sea bass were out of season and had to be thrown back. When cleaning fish on the way home anyone with a sea bass (and was stupid enough to try and get it cleaned) was told that they were out of season and could not be cleaned and had to be thrown back. If they gave it to the crew it was thrown over.
Unlike as has been assumed on several fishing sites when the boat got in there was no "people running off the boat " or "Some of the fishermen even left the gears and coolers behind to avoid the fines and just took off in the cars"
Like happens every time F&G come to a partyboat (I've seen it dozens of times in my life on many different boats) they are at the dock when the boat ties up and do not allow anyone off until everyone is checked or they check each one as they get off one at a time. There are no "cars taking off" or "gear left behind" (unless you count that bucket of sinkers and a few jigs a guy called for the next day that he left under the bench)
There were some coolers that idiots just walked away from which F&G took with them.
Those that kept illegal fish (unlike some reports it was not half or almost all of the boat, not even close) were given a ticket as they are supposed to.
That is what happens when F&G come to a boat, any kind of boat be it private or partyboat and someone has illegal fish. They are given a ticket.
When F&G was done they took the confiscated fish and left, like they have done any other time they have come to a boat and given out tickets.
There were no sea bass cleaned, F&G checked the racks that the boats are by law required to keep and not dispose of until after the boat docks. There was not a single person on the boat that had ANY cleaned sea bass (no filets) and F&G checked every single cooler and bag and bucket on the boat as well as through the cabin, behind the snack bar and in the fridge, like they do every time they come to a partyboat regardless of whether or not they had any violations from customers. That is their job, that is what they do. It's standard operating procedure.
Even some of the guys who got caught told F&G they were not only told by the captain that sea bass were out of season but also by the crew and the regs were posted in the cabin.
As one guy put it while I stood on the dock next to one of the CO's (I was there when the boat pulled in) "It's my own stupid fault, I knew the deal before the boat even left the dock."