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Posing with a captured net happy with the arrest of the owner.
It was timely research that led to the downfall to the owner of this net. I had been rowing in my 18 foot dory. It was slow going but that’s what made it so deadly to this illegal netter. I had just come around a huge eddy when I saw about 15 illegal netters scouring waters that were not supposed to be fished. Their boats were big and powerful. Some of them had 90 horsepower twin engines on them and all of the captains ignored me and my tiny little boat; that is, until I took out my camera and started snapping off photographs. It was comical and sad at the same time. All of them started over their engines bolting out from there faster than cockroaches when lights are turned on. The owner of this huge net, 1800 feet of it, had so much net in the water that he felt compelled to abandon this huge section before authorities could get to him. I fixed that problem with a cell-phone call, boat descriptions, and many photos of the netting marauders.
Happily I turned over copies of my photos and gave great detail to a Game Warden, Sheriff, City Police, State Patrolmen, Department of the Interior, and the Coast Guard (who came of their own accord when they heard over the radio that there was a major poaching bust).
Technology being what it is we all have weapons to combat those who make it harder on all of us. We don’t have to take it, none of us should. Don’t you think life is hard enough without a few jerks making it difficult for honest anglers?
One of the ironic things about the net, and all others, is that legal nets have to be registered with the area it’s meant to fish. All the police had to do in this case was look at the serial numbers on the buoys and go to his house to wait. It was that simple.

Poaching Hotlines!
National, Regional, Provincial, State, and Local Authorities

(Fish & Game)

Report illegal fishing and poaching incidents. The advent of cellular communication has made it easier than ever to report poachers. Do not approach poachers and treat them as you would any wild and dangerous animal and simply report them. The best advice it to report their physical descriptions of age, height, ethnic background, clothing, location, type of boat or motor vehicle they’re operating, time of day the offense took place, and the method of how the poaching was done. This kind of invaluable information is more than enough to get the authorities to any given area to start their investigation. Usually, when poachers learn that any fishing location will have police and game wardens they’ll avoid it all together.

United States
Poaching Hotlines
United States poaching hotlines for every state of the U.S. (North American Wildlife Enforcement)
United Kingdom
Poaching Hotlines
Fish/Wildlife Poaching authorities for United Kingdom
Canada
Poaching Hotlines
Provincial and regional hotlines for Canada
U.S. Statewide Poaching Hotlines!
Washington
Washington State poaching hotline
Alaska
Alaska fish poaching hotline
Minnesota
Minnesota fish poaching hotline
New York
New York poaching hotline
Oregon
Oregon State Police and fish poaching hotline
Idaho
Idaho fish poaching hotline
Georgia
Georgia poaching hotline
Montana
Montana poaching hotline
California
California poaching hotline
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Wisconsin poaching hotline
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Michigan poaching hotline
Ohio
Ohio poaching hotline
Illinois
Illinois poaching hotline
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania poaching hotline
Maine
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