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    Default I don't understand people.

    I allow anybody to fish my slips that want to fish them, I just ask that they leave them as they found them. Over the past three years I have had some small items disappear but just figured they forgot to return them so I have continued to let people fish my skips when I'm not there. I get teed for a few minutes and then just forget it when I discover something missing.

    But when I arrived at the slips this afternoon I saw my fish basket was in the water. I assumed that somebody had knocked it into the water while fishing the slip and just left it there. So I pulled it up with the rope to put it back on the slip to dry out. When I did I say five crappie in it. So I assumed somebody just used my basket while fishing my slip and forgot to take the crappie when they left. But a couple of them looked small. So I measured them and found that three were legal keepers but two were undersized. So I released all of them.

    The problem is we have a game warden that sometimes checks the slips and checks all the baskets and stringers he finds in the slips. He says it is illegal to leave fish on a stringer or in a basket when you are not there. I have been told that he has warned some of the slip holders that he will ticket them if he finds unattended fish in their slips again.

    So I know he would have fined me if he found those two undersized crappie in my basket hanging from my slip. Even through I was not the one who put them into the basket.

    So now I can't decided whether the person who left them there did it on purpose or just forgot to take them. Either way it could have resulted in a large fine for me had the game warden found them instead of me finding them.

    My friends and I have brushed out the two slips and I have a green underwater light so they attract crappie and white bass. So I understand why people want to fish them and it doesn't bother me when they do if I am not fishing them. But why would someone do something like this that may force me to lock up the slips when I am not there? I can put up small things disappearing but I can not put up with undersized fish being left in my fish basket.

    So now I must decide if I am going to continue to allow people to fish my slips and take that risk that it happens again or if I am going to put doors and locks on the two slips so nobody can use them when I am not there. I am fortunate that my decks and two boats allow me to lock the access to the deck and slips if I decide to do that.

    I just can't understand people anymore.
    We are all born ignorant but one must work really hard to remain stupid. -Ben Franklin
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    My late daddy always told me: "Son, always try to remember that the more people you involve in anything; the more complicated that thing will become."
    It didn't mean a whole lot to me the first time or two he told me that... but as time went on it later became one of my favorite "go to" statements.
    "Just Like Iron Sharpens Iron... So it is that One Man Sharpens Another Man." Proverbs 27:17
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    Default I don't understand people.

    Always a bad apple that ruins it for the rest of us.
    I think itís a lack of respect in our society these days.
    Respect is not being taught anymore.


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    lock up the fish basket
    what gets me is someone taking that beautiful condo you built .
    I am simply amazed at the amount of bad apples in this world .
    it had to be a lot of work to take it and for sure its gone .
    I am still in the what the you knw what mode over that .
    sorry about your latest find my friend , it goes without saying someone is always around to mess up a good thing .
    btw ….if I supply a combination lock may I still visit if you aint there ?
    I promise I wont give up the code and I wont keep no little fish either .
    sum kawl me tha outlaw ketchn whales

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    I'd lock it and give keys to close friends that I trust to use it in the light it was given.
    If I was given access to something like that, the owner would occasionally find little tokens of appreciation for giving me access.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ketchn View Post
    lock up the fish basket
    what gets me is someone taking that beautiful condo you built .
    I am simply amazed at the amount of bad apples in this world .
    it had to be a lot of work to take it and for sure its gone .
    I am still in the what the you knw what mode over that .
    sorry about your latest find my friend , it goes without saying someone is always around to mess up a good thing .
    btw ….if I supply a combination lock may I still visit if you aint there ?
    I promise I wont give up the code and I wont keep no little fish either .
    Ketchn, you know you are always welcome to fish there, whether I am there or not. If I do decide to lock it up you and a few others will always have the combination to get in.
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    Sad, sad- you have to lock everything down.

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    I need to bring more brush out there , remind me Ez and soon I will drag some out there .
    AND we need to hang some tarps !
    sum kawl me tha outlaw ketchn whales

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    What is a slip



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    It’s what ladies wear to keep folks from seeing through their dresses/skirts. Sorry just couldn’t resist !
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