Ok so this happened on the weekend of the 4th of July this year. I know it is a little late, but I just had to pay my fine and MAN AM I PISSED all over again!
My SO and I went with another couple over the weekend of the 4th on a mini vaca to the Roaring River State Park, Missouri. We were all looking forward to it So much, esp my SO and I since we had a baby a month before that, and it was our first time to relax (even though we worried 24/7 and called every hour lol). We got there early Saturday morning to start trout fishing. First got all the required licenses and lines, then headed on to our camp site. We fished here and there all day. Our camp site was literally 15 feet from part of the river, so mostly we fished there. We fished by the nursery. Went exploring some. Keep in mind, none of us are big fishermen (we all bowfish some at the lake by us, but that's it), my SO was the most experienced, but he had rarely been fishing in the past few years.
At about 6pm (Fishing stops at like 8:30 I believe), we had gone back to our campsite, walked a ways down the river to find a free fishing spot, and started fishing. My SO is 22, the only one over 21, and had his first beer that day. We were all minding our own business, and I was trying to catch my First fish that day while everyone else had atleast caught two.
Next thing we know we hear someone asking what we are fishing with. Before I turned around, my first thought was "umm, a fishing pole?". LOL. Turn around and, what do you know, it is the Park Ranger. He asked us to come up there and I thought, "Oh crap, my SO is gonna go to jail becuase they probably have some stupid law against drinking here." I had no idea what else it could be, we were all doing what we were supposed to. I also noticed all the other fishermen had moved when the Park Ranger pulled up.
The Park Ranger asked us, "You did know this is fly fishing only, right?" ( I guess we were fishing with plastic lures, and that was a NO-NO) The other girl and I asked what that was, and he looked at us like we were stupid. Hey, I may not know a lot about fishing, but I am Not stupid. I automatically hated him. He goes "There are signs all over" All of us look around and the only sign we see has to be at least 200 yards away, and there is no way in hell we can read what's on it, it is tiny.
He asks to see all of our licenses and fishing licenses. The other girl and I didn' t have our actual licenses, so we went to the car to get it. On our way there, we said "there is no way he will give us a ticket. We didn't do anything wrong!"
Sure enough, when we got back, my SO said "It is 160 a person." I said "Excuse me?". Wow. The other girl and I were PISSED. The Park Ranger started writing my ticket up and asked if I worked anywhere. I said "No, I just had a baby a month ago." He looked at me and goes, "Hmph. A month? I couldn't tell." OH MAN!!! MY SO WAS PISSED!!!! HE WAS F****** hitting on me!! GOSH. And he still wrote us all tickets. Our friends had just moved into a new place too. None of us could afford that BS then.
I asked him "Why didn't you get the rest of the people who were fishing with 'plastic lures'". He said he didn't see them.
BULLS***. We were a younger set of couples, and he decided to pick on us. He kind of ruined our vaca! We were Not disrespectful at all, even after he gave us the tickets (and hit on me and the other girl), we had all of the necessities to fish, we were obviously unaware of the fishing rules or that there even were any, we were doing Nothing wrong!
And now, with a two month old baby, my SO and I had to put together 320$ to pay for something as stupid as using the WRONG LURE. Thank God I got a very good paying job just a week after that. Still. It was totally unreasonable, and that guy was an A**HAT.
END OF VENT.