So one of the things that my wife an I like to do is get up super early in the morning and go out fishing. We get up before sunrise and try and get out on the water and anchored (we only fish for catfish) while the sun is coming up.
So this morning, we get up at 5am. We're on the golfcart, heading down to the dock at 5:45 or so. Set up the boat and head out on the river. (We are at Hidden Shores). So we round the corner just before Squaw about 6am, and heading up to our favorite fishing spot, which is on the California side just about a quarter mile north of the entrance from Squaw. There is a bass fisherman on the other side of the river, and a ICSO boat has him pulled over. 6am on a Saturday? Never seen that before.
We anchor and start getting our poles ready. Once the Sheriffs officers finish up with the bass boat, they head over toward's us. They pull up and ask to see our fishing licenses (they said they were from fish and game). I hold them up and show them the licenses and river stamps. Then one of the guys starts with his "safety inspection" (at 6am on a SATURDAY)..... He asks first to see 2 life jackets.... Check..... Then he wants to see our "sound device". I do the tongue on the upper teeth and lip whistle... Not good enough, he says.... So they pull up and anchor next to us. The head officer (the one who was driving) then takes over. I need to see your class 4 throwable..... Check.... I need to see 2 life jackets (that we'd already displayed).... Check..... I need to see your fire extinguisher.... Check..... So then he starts writing up the citation. This took about 15 minutes. One writeup of the actual inspection, and another for the citation for no "sound device". Court date July 21st in Winterhaven. I didn't even know Winterhaven had a court.
So after these gentlemen leave, the wife and I get to talking (fish aren't biting by now). How in the hell is a whistle or a horn, that I have to reach down and dig out of a pocket more effective than my own loud mouth whistle? I've been boating on the lower Colorado for almost 20 years, and my mouth whistle has been effective in many close calls. It's always handy, and always effective.
Anyway, when we got back to HS, I went to the store and bought an air horn to carry with me now (had one in the past, but over time, they loose their power).
The thing that really got me was that we went out on the river yesterday (Friday) afternoon to float. It was pretty quiet except for a Bayliner that was pulling a tube. The Bayliner driver decided that even though he had the ENTIRE river to himself, he wanted to continuously circle us while we were floating. I then notice that he had no JAFO...... So where are the LEO's when a real infraction is being committed?
Be safe out there........