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kimcav47

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Last night at 10:30, two teenage boys, one a blond in a peddle yellow Kayak and the other also in a peddle Kayak were checking out dark docks on S. White Heron. Neighbor's spotlight ran them off. Our bait traps had been emptied after being cut loose a few days ago. Trouble in Bayou Vista spreading over here now that they are patrolling over there?
If you have visitors using similar peddle kayaks, please clue them in before the police do.

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johnhuston

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Thank you for the warning.  I do keep an eye on the canal.  And I believe it is time for our OBIC and any patrol to take note of boats & jet skies note observing the speed and wake restrictions.  If any of these people are in doubt, idle will due just fine.  One more thing.  There are people who think their fishing, boating, lights, and boat lift construction are not subject to consideration for other tax paying residents.  I believe we all should take a moment to access our own actions and the effect they have on others. 
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SprinkleLady

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FYI we lost our beloved Tigger last week. No signs of illness had just been to the vet. Heard kayakers will poison dogs who bark. They better stay out of our canal not a happy mama and now my little boy has lost his very best friend.
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YoYoYo

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There were 6 kayakers throughout the night fishing up & down our canal on N Flamingo. We have only been here 1 year and already had to replace our lights twice. Our neighbors healthy dog of 1 year suddenly passed away. We heard it was kayakers poisoning dogs who bark. So sad kayakers please stay away.
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SprinkleLady

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Has anyone alerted police and do they care what happens is always another question. I have now found that at least 3 dogs have randomly passed in the last week!
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Christopher

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After this Saturday's experience at Omega Bay, I would like to share my Facebook post with all of you. You may find me under the name "Chris Lewis"

Night Time Kayakers... Be On Notice

This may be lengthy, but worth the read (in my opinion). There's no doubt the kayak community is growing by leaps and bounds. Everything from extreme kayaking to eco-tourism is becoming very popular. Every walk of life has found some sort of enjoyment from being in a paddle craft or peddle craft. As it's been seen lately on T-Shirts "We Out There" (I'm certain that applies to many things, including a person's mentality)

In regards to night time kayaking... Some of us do it for the pure convenience of getting out when it's non-intrusive to family time or daily obligations. To me, my days are often VERY busy and getting out for a few hours at night is convenient. To others, it may be because kayaking at night is peaceful and relaxing (there's a lot less pressure fishing at night). I admit, it's a guilty pleasure. Some may see night kayaking/fishing as easy pickin's... Which it sometimes is. Regardless of the reason, the various characters that jump into a plastic floater and set out among the stars can bring a bit of trouble for the communities we frequent.

If you fish canals at night, you've likely ran into one or more ill-mannered dock owners that don't want you around. The fact is, while they don't own the water, they do own that dock and a small portion of the land under the water. In return to their poor attitudes, you have the responsibility to be respectful. How? Well follow a few simple guidelines.

1) If an owner is fishing their lights, politely go around their light as far as you possibly can, do not sit there on the outskirts and kill their moment enjoying what is theirs.

2) If a dog begins barking... MOVE! Do not hang around, provoke the dog, or try to befriend the pooch.

3) don't mess with someone's property... If you hang your favorite lure on their dock and can't retrieve it quickly and easily, you might as well consider it their new lure.

4) Don't get out of your kayak onto someone's dock unless you are invited to do so. I've seen people do this to take a leak... Find a bulkead or do like the rest of us... Use a scupper hole (tip: keep large mouth monster cans and Gatorade bottles handy)

5) Don't slow roll on the bottom and snag a light... If you do, cut your line... Pulling up on a sumburged light can cause serious damage... Just don't do it.

6) If you are asked to leave... Politely do so... There are plenty of other dock owner that don't mind you being in the canal (as long as you're being respectful)

So what has spurred this post? Well... Night time kayaking and fishing has, unfortunately, earned a bad reputation. We recently had a case of the Gulf Coast Kayak Bandit that stole kayaks from all along the gulf coast late at night, and now, a couple hoodlums have been causing problems in Omega Bay. According to the posts I've read, these guys are being charged with the horrible crime of poisoning family pets that cause noise problems while they are fishing lights. Who's to say it's not a neighbor that has been doing this rather than Kayakers? Really no one has been caught in the act, but because a couple little shits were out causing problems, now the entire community is in an uproar over night time Kayakers in their canals. Apparently, they were younger, one was blonde headed, and both were in peddle crafts (one was Yellow as described in a post).

To close... Be respectful when kayaking anywhere at anytime... And treat others as you would want to be treated... Even when they are in the wrong. Change the game here, and let the world know Kayakers are not a bunch of douchebags.

If you've made it this far, please know that someone in your community flashed their pistol at me and made a verbal threat. I take this sort of irresponsible action very seriously. I am a 40yr old responsible adult that enjoys the peace and quiet that comes with night fishing. I have an 18yr old son and 15yr old daughter and believe that if this man would have followed through with his threat, the mistake he made would have created a proverbial ripple throughout many lives. The only name I have to go by, is a name someone else yelled out as they shouted "Get them Ricky". I would understand if someone was on your literal property causing potential harm to you, your family, or your home; however, the type of behavior that was displayed is better suited for LEO.
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johnhuston

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Tell you what Chris.  It's unfortunate that some person who had no respect for other peoples property preceded you.  And I would agree I do not own the canals you speak of; but any person with an ounce of sense would know someone, if not you someone else, could easily come up into my yard and then my home from the canal.  And brother, you had better not set foot into my home that way.  Like it's said, my home is well protected by a firm known as Smith & Wesson.  I have lived in Omega Bay for over 20 years, and this is the first year I had picked up trash from my yard that someone decided to throw.  Since my yard is fenced, that trash did not blow or get carried in by someone from the street.  May I suggest two things.  When you go out fishing, make sure you use a light, and KEEP IT LITE.  Second, if you really like to fish at night, I suggest you go out into Omega Lake - outside the subdivision.  After all, if the fishing is good enough from the I-45 side of the lake, it must be great out in the lake.

For the record, I would never wave a gun at you or anyone else.  If I have to pull a gun, you had better know I will be using it.
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Christopher

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I've fished those canals for years... And when I say years, I mean close to 15 years. My uncle, Mike Lewis lived thwre and I have friends that live there. Not to mention, I speak very friendly with everyone I meet up and down any canal I fish.

My kayaks always have the required lighting, and it is certified by the Coast guard... I always have a red head lantern as well. So you will always see me if I'm on the water late at night. I promise you, the majority of Kayakers are NOT pests, and we are very respectful. In fact, you speak of trash in your yard, well; Saturday night I left with more trash than when I arrived. Just like many other Kayakers I know, we leave the area better off then the way we found it.

I'm not coming back to Omega Bay until this smoke clears... I love fishing there because it's quiet and close. But when I do return, if you see me, please say hello. You will know it's me by the large Papaya colored Hobie with my fishing sponsors logos on both sides.
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