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old two-stroke engines. Combine that with a
my dad, part of the challenge was navigating
back to that exact hot spot. It kind of showed
What should boaters crossing the U. S.-Canada
little Coppertone and that just smells like fun.
how good of a captain you were.
border expect when boarded? Various marine
patrols have different protocols. What are the
Where did you grow up?
BoatU.S. gets a number of calls each year deal-
rights of the U.S. boater during a USCG stop?
LEE: I was born in Richmond but spent all
ing with multiple boardings of vessels on the
LEE: Every citizen, as they set out to sea, has
my summers in the Outer Banks of North
same day. Is this something you hear about?
all the rights that the Constitution grants them.
Carolina in a little place called Topsail Island.
LEE: That’s a conundrum. I myself have
Particularly, they’re protected from unlawful
My grandparents had a place there and I
been subject to that on a weekend out with
search and seizures. That said, the USCG has
remember fishing off Barnacle Bill’s Fishing
my family. I got boarded three times by the
the authority [under Title 14, Section 89 of the
Pier. I had a great youth on the water, and we
same local law enforcement agency! Here’s
U.S Code] to make “inquiries, examinations,
didn’t spend much money on it, either.
the deal. I know it’s irritating, but we have no
inspections, searches, seizures, and arrests on
way of knowing who may have been boarded
the high seas and waters over which the U.S.
What do you fish for these days?
or not. My advice to boaters being stopped
has jurisdiction, for the prevention, detection,
LEE: Pretty much anything that’ll bite. I like
for a second or third time is to have your ves-
and suppression of violations of the laws of the
to target king and Spanish mackerel more
sel inspected by the CG Auxiliary who will
United States.” We have the authority to stop
than any other species. Recently, on the
provide a sticker of inspection. And if boarded
and board any U.S. registered vessel, pretty
Chesapeake, I’ve been trying to find striped
again, produce the certificate of boarding or
much anywhere. As we don’t have the luxury
bass. The locals call it rockfish. But so far
any other proof to the officer. If we see that,
of obtaining a warrant, we can search a vessel
they’ve been elusive!
we’ll most likely let you be.
if we have reasonable suspicion that there is
a violation of federal law. Our ultimate goal
As an angler, what do you think of the advanc-
Does the USCG routinely communicate with
is to clear a vessel and make sure all are safe
es in technology since you first started fishing?
other marine patrols on the water?
onboard. However, the big difference is that
LEE: The electronic advances that we have
LEE: We encourage our crews to regularly get
most law enforcement needs to have probable
now, combined with GPS, and the ability to
together with the other local law enforcement
cause, where we have a lesser threshold of rea-
download all the best fishing spots amaze me.
marine units such as DNR, Fish and Wildlife,
sonable suspicion to conduct a search.
However, it’s taken away from the real art of
and state police. We’re not perfect, but we’re
As for what to expect on a stop, all USCG
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fishing. Back in the days when I’d fish with
trying to get this thing balanced. Bear with us
officers will be in uniform and are expected to
and be prepared for a stop.
carry and produce their military ID if asked.