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Old 09-11-2019, 08:45 AM   #1
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Coast Guard checked 15 miles out of Matagorda

Coast Guard boarded us 7-Sept. @ 15 miles SSE of the Matagorda Jetties.
Safety shakedown and equipment verification.
They deployed a smaller RIB out of the Cutter "Tiger Cat".

Lucky I had brought my ditch bag with me as "COCONUTS" flares were expired!
Anyone know what the fine is for that?
They also wanted to have a look to see if we had any illegal snapper on board. Of course, we would never keep an illegal, out of season fish.
These guys were absolute professionals. Really nice guys that do us all a great service.
Great day on the water with a good bunch of guys!

There was one boat that tried to get back in the jetties and avoid the CG, unfortunately for them, the CG had their 42' RIB boat with them that day, caught up with them about a mile outside the jetties. I wonder how that conversation went?
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:49 AM   #2
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The only reason they were out there was to check RS violations - using safety check as probable cause. They do not need to be focused on RS. I have no issue on a equipment / boat / safety check -
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:58 AM   #3
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I don't know how messed up this country could be without CG and other LEO's to stop drug trafficking, human trafficking, etc.


But being stopped and boarded still strikes me as identical to stopping you on roadway for absolutely no reason, no probable cause. Guess it best I just don't go boating there. No matter how professional they are, it seems you are guilty until prove innocence.


I would absolutely treat them very professional, just admitting it makes me uncomfortable.

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Old 09-11-2019, 10:29 AM   #4
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I've always heard them called RHIB. Crazy what those boats will do.

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Old 09-11-2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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We got boarded out of Galveston two weeks ago for a "saftey check". They were obviously just checking for red snaps, dint even ask for our fishing license with other species on board.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:38 AM   #6
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Yeah, these safety checks couldn’t be more obvious what they are really trying to do. What a waste of time and money.
Do the safety check at port before someone plans to go out would be more constructive.


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Old 09-13-2019, 12:23 PM   #7
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TPWD or Coast Guard makes no difference, if it was really in name of safety why would they not simply post up at the boat ramps and do these checks before you get miles from shore?


Once I'm in the middle of the bay or 20 miles out it's a little late don't ya think? It's not like they make you go back to shore either. They simply write you a ticket and you go on your way still unsafe.


If they are so concerned with my safety why not escort me back to a safe place if I am found in violation of the safety rules?


Oh wait I figured it out, if you don't do the safety check then you can't use that as an excuse to check you for other illegal activity. The safety check is an excuse for a search.

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Old 09-13-2019, 02:14 PM   #8
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Yep, that's how the CG and TPWD go "fishing". It is not at all about safety.
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Once I'm in the middle of the bay or 20 miles out it's a little late don't ya think? It's not like they make you go back to shore either. They simply write you a ticket and you go on your way still unsafe.


If they are so concerned with my safety why not escort me back to a safe place if I am found in violation of the safety rules? .
How do you know that the CG would not escort you back if you were found to in a major violation.... unless you can speak from experience??? I sure do not know SOP for this as I have never been found to be in violation.

Is this a way to keep an eye out for illegal red snapper poaching... probably. But it should keep you much more vigilant to ensure that you are in compliance with any regulations knowing the that USCG could roll up on you at any time anywhere. Let them keep doing there job out there any enforcing safety rules because who knows, maybe that extra fire extinguisher or that set of new flares may very well save your life.
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I respect the CG and what they do but how do they have any right to check your fishing license or for illegal fish? They're not TPWD. When they checked me in Aug they never asked to see inside the ice chest or asked for a fishing license. They checked safety equipment and my drivers license against the boat registration to make sure it wasn't a stolen boat.
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