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your link didnt work for me. I found it though.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/spo...1/03/angler_says_it_wasnt_hard_to_d.html#more

Jim Price saw first hand how charter boats out of Virginia Beach and North Carolina illegally fish for striped bass in federal waters each winter.

Price, a former charter captain and waterman, told law enforcement officers this week that he was a paying customer aboard two such boats just last month.

One of his trips during the week of Valentine's Day was a make-up outing and he shared the charter out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center with a bunch of people he didn't know. Their boat joined a flotilla of 45-50 boats about six to seven miles off the coast, well into federal waters.

Anglers were pulling in striped bass "one about every 20 minutes," he told members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's law enforcement group.

"If never seen anything on this scale before," said Price, president of the Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation in Easton.

Price's testimony follows searches earlier this month of charter boats based in Virginia by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration special agents. Armed with search warrants, they seized logs, radios, cell phones, fuel records and client lists. A grand jury is meeting to hear evidence.

Charter boats and commercial vessels are prohibited from fishing for striped bass in the EEZ, a swath of ocean that begins three miles off shore and ends at international waters 200 miles out.

But boats often follow the fish into federal waters, despite increased patrols by the Coast Guard.

When Price asked the mate why boats didn't stay inside state waters, he was told, "that would be a waste of time."

As they fished, a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft circled overhead and a large Coast Guard boat appeared nearby. Suddenly a small, inflatable boat with four Coast Guardsmen aboard "came out of the sun" and boarded the charter. When asked what he was targeting, Price said the captain replied, "I'm fishing for everything I can catch."

After a search, the four men moved onto another boat.

"Anyone out there could see these boats were fishing for striped bass. These boats are not afraid of the Coast Guard, not even after boarding," Price said.

No one stopped him from shooting video or taking pictures or showing him the results of the day's adventure when he reached Oregon Inlet.

"There were 50 fish in coolers and 50 fish in trash cans," said Price, who filed a complaint and photos with NOAA on Feb. 22.

Col. Kyle Overturf, who chaired the meeting and is head of Connecticut's Environment Conservation Police, said a task force of state and federal agents, such as one one that broke the Chesapeake Bay poaching ring, is needed to clamp down on rampant poaching.

His counterpart in Maine, Col. Joe Fessenden, agreed. "Everybody knows where the Coast Guard is. You've got to use state boats or undercover agents to get the job done. We've got to get a handle on this thing. It's big money."
 

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Sounds to me like the captain gave the Coast Guard an honest answer. Didnt see anything in the article about him getting a ticket? Sounds like no stripers on board? Sounds like nothing illegal going on? I bet Mr Price was disappointed.
 

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I love the comment. "We got to get a handle on this. It's big money." Like the charter operations are really raking in the dough. Give me a break.
 

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I love the comment. "We got to get a handle on this. It's big money." Like the charter operations are really raking in the dough. Give me a break.
I wonder, and do you maybe think he is talking about the money being spent on the enforcement ,investigation?
 

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My opinion is big money is the potential $$$ the Fed's could collect through fines to help offset the budget. If Obama was paying for a fishing trip and had a choice of catching fish or not he would cross the line. If you don't think so then you are an idiot!!

Lets get real - the three mile line rule is nonsense.
 

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they should just shut down the striper fishery off va/nc for everyone completely! isn't that what was done with sea bass? now if your catching comm. we won't stop you. like the boat i was next to @ the 4th rocks that was bailing 2-3 a 60 yd pass in aug. must of caught @ least a 100 in about an hour. faulty data? what does that matter? don't really care if you've got a $3k boat payment or a family to feed. your bad luck that we passed the mag./stevens act. go find something else to do. so what if the rec/charter side brings in 1000 times more $$$ in taxes than the comm.? we spotted a plover sitting on the back of a striper off the coast of NC. shut it down. it's easy to sit back in your comfy chair on a keyboard & pass judgement on people. illegal in this country has become a "pick & choose" word. it"s easy to get "outraged" @ charters under investigation. don't forget your still innocent until PROVEN guilty. i got a call from a large roofing co. asking me what i would charge them to go back & fix problems with roofs they put on cause they couldn't "communicate" with their crews, they didn't speak english. for every "holier than thou, wish they were thrown under the jail" poster i wish they would pass the obama/gov. act that made your job partially illegal. wonder how you'd feel then? "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" remember that one?
 

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they should just shut down the striper fishery off va/nc for everyone completely! isn't that what was done with sea bass? now if your catching comm. we won't stop you. like the boat i was next to @ the 4th rocks that was bailing 2-3 a 60 yd pass in aug. must of caught @ least a 100 in about an hour. faulty data? what does that matter? don't really care if you've got a $3k boat payment or a family to feed. your bad luck that we passed the mag./stevens act. go find something else to do. so what if the rec/charter side brings in 1000 times more $$$ in taxes than the comm.? we spotted a plover sitting on the back of a striper off the coast of NC. shut it down. it's easy to sit back in your comfy chair on a keyboard & pass judgement on people. illegal in this country has become a "pick & choose" word. it"s easy to get "outraged" @ charters under investigation. don't forget your still innocent until PROVEN guilty. i got a call from a large roofing co. asking me what i would charge them to go back & fix problems with roofs they put on cause they couldn't "communicate" with their crews, they didn't speak english. for every "holier than thou, wish they were thrown under the jail" poster i wish they would pass the obama/gov. act that made your job partially illegal. wonder how you'd feel then? "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" remember that one?
Tony,:hysterical:What in the world was that all about:hysterical::peace:
 
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