Yep, that's what a warden showed me right before writing a ticket a couple years back. He folded the tail under and engaged the back of the carapace first and then lowered the gauge and the eye stalks twitched inwards... He said sorry, his supervisor had told them they were giving out too many warnings and not enough tickets. Wrote us an infraction instead of the misdemeanor tho since it was so close and they were able to set the poor bug free unharmed.Measure back to front., not front to back. If it drops and eyes roll--short.
Funny Wils....my first hoop was with Woody !!!
ShortBeen a tough year. This one looked legal when I put it in the tank. DFW thought otherwise. Fortunately all I got was a lecture on proper measuring technique and some advice (go deep 100+ feet). I took the picture to convince the judge it was legal (if needed). After looking more closely at it this morning (with glasses on...) I'm not sure it would help me. I was very polite and the officer was as well. No need to get belligerent. They are just doing their job. Hope you all are having a better year than I am. Oh well, spring will be here soon and we can do something warmer. Happy hooping!View attachment 813672
He fucked up.In May I had DFG board me, oitside dana harbor and measure some live bass in my bait tank. (All of which I measured carefully before putting inside.) "This one is under length if we fan the tail out like this,... see." (Basically he did everything possible to squish it short, it was half inch over from nose to tip when not doing that.) He lectured and preached, and basically exercised his law enforcement bullying talk the the fullest extent of what he thought he could, then threw my fish in the ocean and demonstrated his supreme mercy by letting me off with a warning.
I immediately went to the CA Dfg regs to find info about fanning out the tail of a Bass to get the "real measurement". I couldnt find it. Any guideance here is appreciated. Overzealous law enforcement is so dangerous for our treasured freedoms. Seriously, many of these guys need some training in "how not to act like an occupation force." Are they not public servants? OP got off with a warning, which was clearly an experienced officer who takes his work seriously, and understood the fishermans intent to be dilligent with the law (The kind we need.) The brazen ones who exercise wrongful dominion, make crap up, and act like bullys need to be dismissed and look for more suitable work as actors playing prison security guards.
A clicker isn't legal but go ahead and try that argument with a Game Warden and get back to us.I've always understood the "clicking" thing to mean the gauge will shimmy back and forth just a touch which would mean it's a short.Why people will even chance these borderline legals is beyond me,you can buy two nice tails at Costco for about 20 bucks.He fucked up.
Unless another measurement technique is indicated (e.g. "fork length,") the length of a fish is the longest straight line from tip of snout (with jaw closed) to tip of tail.
As for the lobster, if the gauge fits over but there is NO PLAY, it's LEGAL. If the gauge fits over with any wiggle-age, not legal.
Put another way, "clickers" can be LEGAL, but only if they just click. The gauge should be stuck in position when clicked over.
No, clicking just means the gauge goes over the lip of the carapace.A clicker isn't legal but go ahead and try that argument with a Game Warden and get back to us.I've always understood the "clicking" thing to mean the gauge will shimmy back and forth just a touch which would mean it's a short.Why people will even chance these borderline legals is beyond me,you can buy two nice tails at Costco for about 20 bucks.