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#11244172 - 11/25/15 11:26 AM Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad...
kickingback Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 776
Loc: Texas
Went to one of my favorite spots this morning with my son to find some nice flatties. Thought it would be good with the small cold front that just passed. We got there and the tide was real low. We were pleasantly surprised to find three keeper flounder shallow then the bite stopped all of a sudden. We couldn't figure it out since we knew if we had three in 30 minutes that there were more for sure. So we waded a bit farther down from our spot to try and entice a bite where the current was moving a bit faster. We saw a pipe sticking up out of the water a bit further up so we waded to it and it was a #$%^ GILL NET!!! The net was tied to the pipe and was probably anchored to some rocks nearby.
Now we knew why the flounder were not where they should have been. We pulled the net up to the flats and counted 40 flounder dead or dying tangled in the mess. We managed to save maybe 2 out of four we cut loose but they didn't swim far away as they looked almost dead.
Nothing makes me more angry than to see this #%$^ happening where I and others fish often. Made my son and I sick to our stomachs to see this.
To think that all 40+ of those flounder would have made it to our spot for us to catch and cull but they got stopped by that net set by a poacher. That is the part that really ticked me off. It ruined a perfectly good wade...
We called the game warden right away and he came out about 30 minutes later and dragged the net to the shore and burned it with the flounder. I was told I could get a reward if they catch the scum that did it. I just want them to get caught and stop!

I called the game warden FIRST upon finding the net. That is what you are REQUIRED to do. The GW asks first for tags or markers as THEY sometimes put nets out themselves. (bet some of you didn't know that).
Since no markings, the GW told me I could pull it up and throw them all in the nearest trash dumpster on the beach and they would dispose of it since there were no markings or tags to identify who placed it. I told him I didn't want to drag it 300 yds to the beach as it was heavy with all the dead flounder and I was loaded with gear and he said he would just come out and burn them. No problem. He was happy to help and I was too.
They get this information from the caller and they tell them what to do next. I do not recommend touching or moving a criminal violation until you speak directly to the authorities. They in turn direct you as a good angler what to do to help.

Got this video and some is sickening to see...

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#11244247 - 11/25/15 11:52 AM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
MulGogiHunter Offline

Registered: 01/24/14
Posts: 262
Loc: Grand Prairie, TX
If you look at it from another perspective, the wade went well as you helped to ruin a poacher's attempt to illegally harvest fish, destroyed the gill net and probably deterred him from going to your spot again.

Hopefully they catch that low life.

#11244269 - 11/25/15 12:01 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
butch sanders Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 22557
Loc: Arlington, Texas
sorry about that

i would set an ambush for sure

#11244385 - 11/25/15 12:48 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
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Registered: 02/24/08
Posts: 15445
Loc: Sachse Texas

#11244707 - 11/25/15 03:01 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
banker-always fishing Offline
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 36550
Loc: Universal City Tx.
I would defiantly notify the local Game Warden and let him know about this. thumb People like this need to be caught. police

IGFA World Record Rio Grande Cichlid. Lake Dunlap.

John 3:16

#11245058 - 11/25/15 06:51 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 5545
Loc: DFW
It's part of fishing man. . .the honest among us have to pick up the slack from time to time.

#11245374 - 11/25/15 09:44 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
Cowtown Kid Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/09/12
Posts: 712
Loc: Fort Worth
Thank You For Taking Care of It! You wonder how many this guy might have in different places.
Glad the game warden burned it so it can't be used again!

Rick Irving
"The Cowtown Kid"
Kayak Fisherman

“Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.” ~Izaak Walton

#11245729 - 11/26/15 07:57 AM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
cellis Offline
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Registered: 05/15/02
Posts: 7318
Loc: Arlington
That's so messed up. Thanks for trying to make things right.

#11248145 - 11/27/15 11:31 AM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
Oldrabbit Offline

Registered: 12/23/11
Posts: 308
Loc: East Texas
Good job in getting it removed and destroyed. We have pulled up many a hoop net dragging for drowning victims in my younger days.

#11249012 - 11/27/15 07:38 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
DFW-fisherman Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/01/11
Posts: 1191
Loc: DFW
Thanks for doing the right thing!

flag texas

#11249061 - 11/27/15 07:56 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
Aquiles Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Texas, Dallas
Need to setup a patrol one day to just walk the shore to check for anymore .

#11255520 - 11/30/15 10:26 PM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: kickingback]
B_Rod Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 5528
Loc: Fort Worth
Thanks for sharing. An educated angler is a more vigilant angler.

#11259873 - 12/03/15 10:15 AM Re: Good Flounder Wade Gone Bad... [Re: banker-always fishing]
TexasZman Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/29/05
Posts: 3965
Loc: McKinney
Originally Posted By: banker-always fishing
I would defiantly definitely notify the local Game Warden and let him know about this. thumb People like this need to be caught. police
No need to be defiant with a game warden, could get you into trouble.

Simple Definition of defiant
: refusing to obey something or someone : full of defiance

Edited by TexasZman (12/03/15 10:19 AM)
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