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:mad: Another day, another ticket. Went to Knox Lake early this A M.
First couple of hours done real well. Boated about 12 small bass.
Then along came Jones.(Knox county deputies) checking boats.
Now my boat is one year old just passed inspection by the ODNR
got the horn anchor flag etc.etc. HOWEVER the last time out it
rained and my PFD got soaked and I had it off the boat to dry it
out and then put it in the back of my s u v. Whoa is me I forgot
to put it back on the boat this morning, and this honorable deputy
gave me a citation for not having it on board. :confused: I ask
if he was going to check all the boats on the lake, he said yes.
:eek: WRONG! I WATCHED. There was a pontoon out with about
6 people on it he did`nt even slow down as he went by them. I
have field glasses on board and checked it out. Right, no P F D `S
Oh! he escorted me to the ramp to give my boat a full inspection
even though the O N D R sticker is very obvious. Could`nt he
have given me a warning ? WOW what kiond of pub. relations is
that. continued fishing in the rain and boated three keepers
(over the slot limit) but did return them for another day. One
High-light of the day was one bass about 20, 21 inches who
thought he was a big man. but was boated and released :)
Thanks for your time, I just had to get it off my chest.
P.S. They told me you dont have to wear it just have it on
boat. YAK,YAK,YAK. fore warned is fore armed.

Capt. Hook
 

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i was fishing with steelhead1 at punderson one time during the trout release............the game warden shouted from shore "show me your life vest" well he had his on and i held up a throw cushion with "was" legal a year before but they changed the law that year to type 3 wareable for every person on board and we did not know the law changed 100 + later and 2 hr searching for a vest and we were fishing again not breaking the law.........jim
 

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From what I've seen, most watercraft officers will just give you a warning for anything you're missing, except a PFD. I've had a few tell me that personally.
 

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:mad: Called the clerks office to find out what the fine is
for no PFD. :eek: was told to sign the guilty plea and include
:mad: $90.. and mail it in.

I`m thinking about appearing in court and pleading my case and throwing myself on the mercy of the court (judge).

What do you think?

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it will cost you more if you do...when did the price go down ?..cost me $96 i got ripped...lol
 

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You knew the law and didn't follow it (accidentally) and it's his fault? Why not keep an extra stored on board?

If you fall out of the boat and drown 10 minutes after he stops you, he gets fired and the locality gets sued, etc. Not what you want to hear, but...

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Hook...I'd just chaulk this one up to experience man. It's unfortunate you got nailed for it (I've done the same thing accidentally, just never got caught) but I'm sure after this you'll always have em on board.
 

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probably best to save money,and send the $90.that's one thing they won't debate.if they catch you before you leave the dock,you can usually get by with a warning(if you play nice ;) )but once under way,you're most likely sunk(no pun intended)

fishingful,you got a "by the book" guy.
i was inspected on my first trip the same year,before launching.the guy gave me a warning,let me go out,but said next time it would be a ticket.cushions were all i carried on my john boat till then.
that night i bought two new "jackets" ;)
he could have kept me off the water(and i offered to leave),but he bent the rules a little,and i graciously thanked him :)
 

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Sorry to hear about that. Since I am going to be a new boater I was just wondering what all is required on board? I know PFD's, fire exstingisher, flare gun(?). What else? Just trying to learn from anothers misfortunes. I know it's all in the regs and stuff but I don't have them right at hand and was just wondering. What are some of the things that aren't required that some of you carry on board for just in case other than fishing equipment? Thanks.


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Don't need a flare gun (not required). You need a PFD for each occupant on the boat, 1 throwable, a distress flag, horn or whistle, anchor w/line, lights, fire ext. Keep a paddle on board too.
 

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After you pull a few corpses out of the water....you pretty much dont want to hear excuses about why you dont have a PFD onboard......suck it up ...you knew you were wrong....pay the fine and thank god you didnt remember where it was while you were treading water.

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i heard you on this.
After you pull a few corpses out of the water....you pretty much dont want to hear excuses about why you dont have a PFD onboard
 

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Thanks for the link Gobi I will check it out.
 

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They would have a field day over at Spencer Lake and Wellington Res. for no PFD'S.
Rarely do I see the small baots and Kayaks with them.
Guess they are exempt from having them on board.
 

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Fishintiger, you really don't need a flare gun but I have had a few argue with me about it. Now I spend the extra money and get a new one every once in awhile when the old one expires. Most of the officers tell me it is going overboard, but it is worth it for the few who read a little too into the book. Also make sure the fire extinguisher is up to snuff, they get picky about that as well.

I pretty much got them figured out anymore, last year I got stopped by three of them at Alum really early in the season, I didn't realize they had bets going as to if I could pass. You should of seen the look of shock on thier faces when I opened up my empty battery case and started pulling out everything they could think off. On a 14 foot Jon boat I always keep 4 adult and 1 kid life vest, it doesn't take up any room so why not keep them on there.
 
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