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Illegally Caught Atlantic Salmon Snitches on Angler From His Freezer

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August 18, 2011

Illegally Caught Atlantic Salmon Snitches on Angler From His Freezer

By Chad Love

Note to self: when poaching Atlantic salmon, be sure to remove the radio-tracking device before stashing in freezer.

From this story on 7dblogs.com:

A Bethel angler was busted for reportedly taking home a 31-inch Atlantic salmon he caught in the White River, and reporting it as a brown trout. Ryan McCullough faces a $1500 fine and loss of his fishing license for three years for not accurately identifying his catch, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife. A press release states that McCullough was fishing downstream of the federal fish hatchery in Stockbridge on July 25 when he hooked and landed a 9.5-pound, 31.5-inch-long fish that turned out to be an andromous Atlantic Salmon (top). He reportedly "misidentified" it as a brown trout (bottom) and took it home to have it stuffed.

How did McCullough get caught? In a press release, Fish & Wildlife offers this (perhaps) unintentionally hilarious explanation: "A photo of the fish appeared in the local newspaper. Fisheries biologists who had previously put radio transmitters in Atlantic salmon that had migrated upstream in the Connecticut to spawn noticed the photo. They also discovered one of the two salmon they were monitoring in the White River was now transmitting its signal from dry land in Bethel. ...The missing salmon was located in a freezer in Bethel."

As one of the 20th-Century's foremost thinkers and philosophers so eloquently stated, "D'oh!"

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

You have to chuckle at this one.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

That is hilarious. Brilliant to report it as a trout, then put a photo in the paper. Even better to leave the tag on. Wow.

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from jdwood wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Some people just aren't that swift

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from Fruguy101 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Even though nobody dies in that story, it should be given a Darwin Award.

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from herrinchoker wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I don't think the salmon was so damn pleased.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Wow. Thats funny!

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from Dwain wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Sounds like the guy in TX a few years ago who killed a large rattle snake and posted photos on line.Fish and Game saw it and arrested Him for killing an endangered timber rattler.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have to wonder if he actually didnt know that it was a salmon, and honistly thought it was a trout? Why miss report it is my thought. I have no idea what the law in Vermont is, but I couldn't see a reason to miss ID this fish.

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from blackjac wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Take the time to read the "blog" at the start of this story, it has a reply from the guy who caught the fish. I think fish & game ID'ed the fish after the photo and then checked out the guy's freezer. I find it hard to believe the transmitter was still working inside a frozen fish and transmitting from inside the freezer as the "story" relates. Hope they don't beat up too badly on the guy, it appears to me as an honest mistake.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

You have to chuckle at this one.

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

That is hilarious. Brilliant to report it as a trout, then put a photo in the paper. Even better to leave the tag on. Wow.

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from jdwood wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Some people just aren't that swift

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from Fruguy101 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Even though nobody dies in that story, it should be given a Darwin Award.

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from herrinchoker wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I don't think the salmon was so damn pleased.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Wow. Thats funny!

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from Dwain wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Sounds like the guy in TX a few years ago who killed a large rattle snake and posted photos on line.Fish and Game saw it and arrested Him for killing an endangered timber rattler.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have to wonder if he actually didnt know that it was a salmon, and honistly thought it was a trout? Why miss report it is my thought. I have no idea what the law in Vermont is, but I couldn't see a reason to miss ID this fish.

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from blackjac wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Take the time to read the "blog" at the start of this story, it has a reply from the guy who caught the fish. I think fish & game ID'ed the fish after the photo and then checked out the guy's freezer. I find it hard to believe the transmitter was still working inside a frozen fish and transmitting from inside the freezer as the "story" relates. Hope they don't beat up too badly on the guy, it appears to me as an honest mistake.

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