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'Fishing' guess what your on private property

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I'm 55 years old and have been fishing and hunting in the state of Louisiana for most of my life and I don't ever remember seeing so many posted signs as I do now. I'v read quit a few articles about the subject and it bothers me to the point were is it worth going fishing anymore. Well lets see I have a $80,000.00 Bay Boat a $15,000.00 Duck Boat and know telling how much in fresh and salt water poles and tackle,decoys and the list can go on. Maybe this year I won't renew my fishing and hunting licensees and sell all of my boats and equipment, boy would my wife be happy! The fact of the matter is if 30,000 of us fishermen did the same thing I guess the state would be in a bind with revenue. I would love to fish this weekend but I have looked at most of my fishing spots and 95% are on Private property and the one's that aren't you still have to cross private property to get to them. So do I stay home and save $150.00 and not break the law, or do I go fishing and catch 10 bass or 20 trout. Well this weekend I'll stay home and save the money and not break the law, sorry sportsmen merchants money stays home this week and maybe next week to. I think we are all sportsmen at heart is there know common ground, because they might as well take Sportsman Paradise away from the State of Louisiana.
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Re: 'Fishing' guess what your on private property
Or, you could be the guy paying anywhere from $2500 to $10,000 a year to have a private lease to hunt and fish.....

......only to have somebody ignore the posted signs and trespass onto the leased property.

But, there’s still plenty of public hunting and fishing opportunities in LA. I still take advantage of just as much public ground/water as I do private.
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Re: 'Fishing' guess what your on private property
Now whose fault is it that you paid 10k for free water???
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Look again my friend no matter where you launched you crossed private property to get to your private posted fishing grounds, just because it doesn't have a posted sign doesn't mean it's not private. Please read the LA laws on private property it doesn't have to be posted you could be in the middle of little lake and if the owner wants to fine you they can. Just look up what is private and what you think is public and you will be shocked.
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Louisiana laws suck as far as what can be claimed as private waters!!!!! I think la. n maybe 1 more state have the same dumb thinking!!!!! laws need 2 be changed!!!!
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If no one believes this is an issue take a step back and look at the revenue Louisiana has lost after the bassmaster classic stopped coming to the delta. The classic stopped for one reason, public access to water. How sad is it to say that the most prolific tournament in the US which has publicly stated that our delta is the best fishery in the us refuses to come because our lawmakers will not stand up for a basic right that is understood in EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE USA. I can remember as a youngster going to classic and the spark that it instilled in me to hit the water and fish. We are too selfish and naive to realize that the very thing we cherish is slowly being lost because of greed. It’s funny last week I fished in Florida an no one there could even begin to understand when I tried to explain the convoluted issues in Louisiana, a state that used to be worthy of the title “sportsmans paradise”. It’s a travesty that we even allude to that motto now.
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Re: 'Fishing' guess what your on private property
I understand the rights of private property I lease a duck pond and don't want someone fishing while I'm trying to duck hunt but the other 10 months of the year I don't have a problem with someone fishing the pond. I don't see how fishing in open water can damage private property and if public funds are spent for fresh water diversions to help rebuild private land owners property than how come the public can't fish on these properties. The number one contributor to land erosion to me would be all the canals the land owners dug so they could harvest the oil and now there land is disappearing and we have to pay to try and fix it. Fresh water diversions will not replace 50 square miles lost every year from erosion, If anything the land owners and oil companies who dug all of the canals should be flipping the bill not the public who are not allowed to fish on the same properties there trying to save with our money.
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Look at it this way...It's public water with public fish and public air with public ducks ... So if you have the rite to catch the public fish in public water shouldn't you have the rite to shoot the public ducks flying over the public water in the public air ??? I do not own or lease any hunting land nor do I hunt and I am thankful all landowners don't gate off the canals and bayous running thru their property...It won't be much longer this will no longer matter cause it will be all open water and no one will know where a property line is...Go to google earth and click on the clock and look how much we lost in the last 10 years while our politicians were screwing around trying to find the best way to milk us....The river is at historic flow..Why not run diversions at full capacity ??? What will it hurt ??? maybe screw up a summer of saltwater fishing ???
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Re: 'Fishing' guess what your on private property
Perfect example of why private land or lease owners gate or refuse use to the public.... This pass weekend I drove up to my camp/lease and there were 2 boats waiting for dark to bow fish. 1 of the gentlemen I recognized as 1 of 3 guys that I gave shelter to at my camp during a very bad lightning storm a year ago. I offered them to bow fish on my lease once the weather cleared to keep them from travelling in very bad weather at night. SO that same guy this time was with 3 new guys and 2 boats to bow fish my lease again. So the original 3 guys that I was trying to help now turns to 6 guys and 2 boats.... those 6 guys and 2 boats then invite guys and more guys and so on.... and that 1 act of kindness turns into a free-for-all open invite.
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I can guaranty you that even when it becomes open water, the property lines will still be well know. Oil & gas leases are worth too much money for people to forget. It's the same reason why people in Florida don't understand our waterway laws. They don't have oil & gas under all of their fishing grounds.
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But was those 30-40 red fish born and raised on your lease, with a dam or do they just have a sign. I don't have a issue with dams just signs because it seems people are the only ones trespassing land owners don't mind the public's fish or dear to cross just the sportsman. How about damming off all of the canals well this will stop the land erosion right but it will also stop the public fish hmmm see but that doesn't set well with them. If it's just about oil and gas than we are not hurting anything I think we have just forgotten how to be good sportsman and good neighbors I have never walked right by a posted sign or went around one in my boat. Than I have never looked up private water ways before till last week than I was shocked, if the canal was dug in the last 100 years than odd's are your trespassing unless it's the ship channel but stray 5 foot off of it guess what your trespassing. Well at lease our children won't have this to deal with because the levee in west-wego will be gulf fishing after 2 major storms and 20 years bam it's there.
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