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I was watching Southwest Outdoors Report and their weekly prize giveaway was for a guy that caught a 12# LMB on Bastrop. Well, that would sure shatter the 9.98# that is listed on the TPWD website! How does someone go about establishing a lake record?
Ill first introduce myself.
I am an avid saltwater fisherman and have been for years. I am a Sgt. for the Austin Police Lake Unit. I have been contacted about possible issues on Lake Austin.
There was an Officer that was on the lake last week that apparently did not have on his navigation lights on during hours in which they are required. I found out about this yesterday and asked around. One of the Oficers told me that it was him. He then explained to me what happened. He said he was patroling in a boat that he usually does not drive. He said he made a boat stop and when he turned off the police red and blues he must have turned off his navigation lights. Our boats are all set up differently with more toggle switches then should be allowed and I feel that it was an honest mistake and the Officer admitted his fault. He said when he stepped from under the T-top he noticed the lights were off and turned them on.
Another issue that was asked about was the Officer stopping a boat that was not seen commiting a violation. I explained that this was probably a safety inspection. I also explained that all Officers assigned to the Lake Patrol Unit are MSEOs (Marine Safety Enforcement Officers) and it was part of their duty to do these inspections for safety of boaters.
I realize most fishermen do not get inspected as it seems that most fishermen have the required equiptment. What is required is -
life vest for everyone on board
Type 4 throwable device
fire extinguisher in working order
sound making device
Certificate of number (green card issued by TPWD when you get registration).
The only issue I have seen with fishermen is lighting. I am going to talk to everyone on the unit and we will be consistant and on the same page on enforcement. What our goal is- to make sure the lake is safe. On occasion at night I have seen boats that have numerous lights on while running and it is sometimes confusing as to the direction to overtake a vessel. This makes it dangerous for the approaching boater as well as yourself. I understand why you guys need lighting when stopped fishing as I have old eyes too and cant see like I did at one time. I will see the enitre Unit on Thursday and we will sit down and talk about this issue and I will get back on here.
If you have any issue just post on here and I will try to get back with you. I will try to log on at least weekly and check on this thread or any messages I recieve.
I am also planning on being at City Park on May 20th when you guys are getting ready for the night and more than happy to try and answer anything on that night. If not come up and introduce yourself.
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