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    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........
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    What a prick. He could have given you a warning about the horn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plaster dave View Post
    What a prick. He could have given you a warning about the horn.
    Dont get a fine with a warning... Revenue generation, plain and simple.
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    probably imperial county sheriffs.they gave me an inspection report last time i was at fishers and were hasseling me a bout my carbon monoxide stickers

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    Yep... ICSO officers......

    Gonna go try fishing again this morning........
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    We were on the sandbar south of fisher's yesterday. Leo's show up and write up a guy for drystacks (thought they were legal on the river, just not the marinas?). The other leo boat pulls up with the big video camera, then they get off the boat and start walking around telling everyone about dog leashes. Don't believe they ticketed anyone for this, but there must've been 20 dogs without leashes. They were on or around the sandbar for atleast 2 hours. Souter, saw your boat in the am I believe going by.

    As far as a sound device, I have a whistle on my keychain. Works well and passes their inspection criteria too.
    .....just a little in the water....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    Yep... ICSO officers......

    Gonna go try fishing again this morning........
    Figures I always get hasseled from them right as I cut in the follies to go to clear lake.if I stay up river never get bothered but if I go south of fishers seems like there stopping everyone.I keep my inspection report with me and if I do get pulled over I show it to them and they seem pretty cool and tell me to go on my marry way

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    Quote Originally Posted by mardonzi View Post
    Dont get a fine with a warning... Revenue generation, plain and simple.
    Ding ding ding! Give this man a ci-gar. It's all about the money. Fu cking oinkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    Yep... ICSO officers......

    Gonna go try fishing again this morning........
    Drove right past you this morning...saw you anchored there. How'd you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Electric View Post
    Figures I always get hasseled from them right as I cut in the follies to go to clear lake.if I stay up river never get bothered but if I go south of fishers seems like there stopping everyone.I keep my inspection report with me and if I do get pulled over I show it to them and they seem pretty cool and tell me to go on my marry way
    Yep, I'm going to keep my inspection record in the boat too.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheezpanel View Post
    Drove right past you this morning...saw you anchored there. How'd you do?
    What boat were you in? My wife caught a small striper, and I caught a decent sized catfish. Beautiful day out yesterday.......
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    Got a talking to about our dog (a golden retriever) being off a leash while she was fetching. Currently in the process of doing some research on that one......

    Edit: anyone happen to have a link to a map of Yuma county that shows what areas would be considered "rural" or unincorporated? Pretty sure that the river area would be considered rural, but I want a map showing this.
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    Been doing some research on my own regarding my ticket.

    http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Pubs/Abc/

    The above website has a link of "required equipment":

    http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Pubs/Abc/reqequip.pdf

    In that document, it clearly states:

    "Sound Signaling Devices: A vessel of less than 39 feet 4 inches (12 meters) must be able to provide a means of making an efficient sound signal but is not required to carry a whistle or bell."

    When the officer asked to see my "sound device", I whistled (I can whistle pretty loud), and he wasn't impressed. He told me I had to have a handheld whistle or horn. But the above would seem to refute that.

    I'm wondering that since the river is dual jurisdiction, if it doesn't fall under some federal law..... I'll have to research that.

    I guess more than anything, I was just amazed that they were out there at 6 o'clock in the morning.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    What boat were you in? My wife caught a small striper, and I caught a decent sized catfish. Beautiful day out yesterday.......
    We have a white DCB 22 with a blue bimini. It was about 7:30...we were taking the dog up to run on a sandbar before people started showing up. You guys were still there about an hour later when we headed back to HS. I thought I recognized your boat from your avatar.
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