RE: NANFA-- RE: nanfa V1 #1332

Crail, Todd (
Fri, 19 Jul 2002 17:19:46 -0400

If there's a potential for problems in the field, you shouldn't have any
problem working them out because you were doing what *was* legal and it's just
a hassle. If that's not the case, then don't go there. It has absolutely
nothing to do with NANFA, rather, with personal choices and consequences. I
don't see how becoming an "official card carrying member" is going to change
any situation. In fact, I'd argue that it would just irritate the official
even more because whipping that out in that kind of situation would be like
saying "here's my paper right to do whatever the heck I want because 'I

I've been approached a couple of times by metro park rangers who really don't
know their fish id. As they approach, they are *ready* for a confrontation.
By killing them with kindness, showing them anything I've kept (most of the
time I don't even have a bucket) and identifying it for them (you should know
what's legal and what's not.. if you don't know what it is, and unsure of the
legality, don't keep it), discussing the fish's habits and ecology, what
you're going to do with them, etc etc can quickly dispell even an aggressive,
ignorant official's apprehensions about your activities.

And I never needed to mention NANFA until after the situation had subsided and
they asked if there were clubs of people who keep these or whatnot.

The other option (for example is when you've net those prized O-spots and they
should have been taken by rod and reel) is to play absolutely stupid, and I
don't see where a NANFA card is going to be a benefit in that situation
either. ;)

My 2 cents,

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay DeLong

I dunno personally. Does this mean for a $20 membership fee a person gets a
NANFA endorsement to collect fish? NANFA's Code of Ethics is an
organizational statement, not a requirement for membership. If there is a
potential for problems in the field, I suggest other avenues:
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