Posted by Kerry Grissett on June 26, 2003 at 21:28:25:
In Reply to: Re: bASS Tournaments posted by BlueWater on June 26, 2003 at 10:20:06:
If the report that Martens told officer Champion that he had called the automated licensing phone number and gotten one is true, then he apparently changed his story. In the article on BassFan.com, he now claims he bought one at his local WalMart recently.
Now, it is entirely possible that Martens indeed did purchase a valid Alabama fishing license, but that remains to be seen and he definitely did not have one in his possession at the time he was checked by officer Champion. The "excuse" offered by Washburn that these anglers have to buy licenses in several states and may forget to be LEGAL in the state in which they are fishing is a very lame excuse for a "professional" fishing in a national tournament sponsored by WalMart to not be in strict compliance with ALL of the laws of the area being fished. The FLW claims that it "stresses that anglers obey all laws while on the water", however it does absolutely no check to make sure the anglers participating in their event actually comply and have no rules for disqualification if a participant poaches. What a disgrace. Shame on the FLW and WalMart!
If you have read this forum for very long you know that I believe in a very strict definition of a poacher in Alabama.
Anyone who takes fish outside of the game and fish laws of Alabama IS A POACHER! In my mind, this would include taking fish without a valid license. Since this came up and noting that not having a valid license is not cause, per Alabama law, for the officer to effect the release of the illegally taken fish, what happens to the fish that poachers take by hoop nets, gill nets, trot lines, etc. if they are caught in the act? Do they also get to keep their illegally gotten gains?
Folks, this should be a no brainer...
Good luck and good fishin'
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