REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Go fish

A recent front page story should be clipped and filed under "What were they thinking?" Six fishermen were charged with over-fishing for smallmouth bass in Lake Erie. This visit to South Bass turned out to be an expensive fishing trip for these out-of-state visitors.
Commentary
May 17, 2010

A recent front page story should be clipped and filed under "What were they thinking?"

Six fishermen were charged with over-fishing for smallmouth bass in Lake Erie. This visit to South Bass turned out to be an expensive fishing trip for these out-of-state visitors.

Poaching laws are made to preserve the continuity of life for wildlife. Those who choose to ignore the laws and are caught pay dearly for their transgression.

Just do the math.

Six anglers, each with five citations, could pay up to $250 for each citation or $1,250 per person, in addition to 30 days in jail per charge (150 days).

These good old boys were probably not planning on ending their fishing trips with no boats (three bass boats were confiscated), no chest freezers, and, worse yet, no fish to show for their efforts.

To make matters worse, they will likely lose their fishing licenses for three years and be required to pay $50 per fish ($7,050) in restitution.

When these guys get together with other anglers, they can tell a "fish tale" about their Lake Erie trip and the huge haul that got away.

When ODNR officer Gino Barna gets together with his buddies, he can tell a "I-swear-it's-true story" about his fisherman haul and the big ones who didn't get away.