How would you feel about being fined for taking your child fishing with you?
That’s what happened to Jack Pick early last spring, as he was ice fishing with his 3-year-old daughter on Saskatchewan’s Turtle Lake. A conservation officer charged him with having more than two lines in the water because he had four, two for himself and two for his daughter.
The officer alleged that the child wasn’t “able to set, maintain, watch, and retrieve fish on her own lines.”
Pick challenged the charge and, representing himself at trial, submitted one item in his defense, the 2014 Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide. It features a father helping his young daughter fish.
In reviewing the rules, the judge decided that no minimum age limit exists to be an angler and found Pick not guilty.
“Just because an individual is three years of age, and does not have the ability to do everything required when fishing, it does not mean that he or she cannot legally fish,” he said.
Congratulations to the judge for showing common sense, a trait too often absent today in government officials, and to Pick for fighting back and winning, especially in such a simple but indisputable fashion.
To learn more, go here, and be sure to read the comments. My favorite:
“An infant is physically incapable of fishing, a 3 yr old is not (I have taken a 3 yr old fishing, so I know). Yeah they need some help, but so does my wife who won't bait her own hook.”