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Old 10-28-2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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What do you do when you are still shaking from catching a big fish, it is cold and pouring down rain and every thing is soaking wet and your ball point pen won't write on your tag?
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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Just explain that to the OSP officer as he writes your citation.
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Write it in blood.....or...keep your pen(s) in a ziploc

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Old 10-28-2011, 12:04 PM   #4
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Just explain that to the OSP officer as he writes your citation.
lol but zip lock bag is your best bet
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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i use a pencil durring the cold months because ink freezes. ii just keep a handful of those keno pencils in my backpack (tackle box) also if you need to make a fire to boil some water for some streamside coffee you can get your knife out and make some great tinder with the pencil shavings.
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What do you do when you are still shaking from catching a big fish, it is cold and pouring down rain and every thing is soaking wet and your ball point pen won't write on your tag?
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I ask the boat next to me for a pen.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:30 PM   #7
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While the tag is being brought out; the boat is put back in line, rods back out and trolling, ready to do it again. Can fill the tag and fish at the same time with more that 1 person on the boat.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:37 PM   #8
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carry one of those golfing scorecard pencils with your license. HT
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:43 PM   #9
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Look at your tag it must be recorded in INK no erasiers allowed
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While the tag is being brought out; the boat is put back in line, rods back out and trolling, ready to do it again. Can fill the tag and fish at the same time with more that 1 person on the boat.
No matter how many people are in the boat, if they are licensed to fish , the person that lands & keeps a fish can not have a rod in the water until they fill out there catch card.


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Old 10-28-2011, 01:27 PM   #11
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My wife (I mean Santa) put a "Space Pen" in my Xmas stocking many years ago. The one that "went to the moon". It was kinda as a joke but she didn't realize what a great present it was

It writes upside down, backwards (jk), in the wet, and cold.

Have kept it with my tag for YEARS and still works EVERYTIME.

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Old 10-28-2011, 01:33 PM   #12
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:19 PM   #13
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no game warden or fish checker has ever said anything about my pencil marks.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:06 PM   #14
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My wife (I mean Santa) put a "Space Pen" in my Xmas stocking many years ago. The one the "went to the moon". It was kinda as a joke but she didn't realize what a great present it was

It writes upside down, backwards (jk), in the wet, and cold.

Have kept it with my tag for YEARS and still works EVERYTIME.

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Old 10-28-2011, 04:34 PM   #15
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A super fine permanent marker works great when its wet.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:34 PM   #16
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Happened to me this year... pen didn't work, I got off with a warning with my pencil marking but wouldn't ever count on it again. I now have two pens in ziploc's, just in case.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #17
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Keep Bic pens and license in a zip lock bag. I complete the tag as best that I can. Then when I'm home and everything is all dry, I color it in completly.

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People cant read the regs but they can read ifish

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:35 PM   #19
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I also vote for the space pen, I used to work at a warehouse when I was younger that sold them and sold a LOT of them around the holidays. I did get one but now is long gone.. but seeing this now I think I might just get another.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:42 PM   #20
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I still like the blood option
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:32 PM   #21
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must be in pen as others have said, i keep mine inside one of my tackle box's.
those space pens are just over priced bic pens, who needs a fancy pressurized ball point
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:36 PM   #22
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If everything you have is that soaked, you can't be having a good time fishing.

There's no such thing as bad weather, merely inappropriate gear.
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If I can't get the pen to write, and I couldn't find a person willing to lend one, I would head back to the dock to get one out of the truck. I would leave the fish in the boat, and return with the pen and fill out the tag. If approached by a law enforcement officer, I would explain the situation, show the defective pen, and hope for the best.

As far as some of the incorrect answers above go, I hope all Oregon tags have these same words on them
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Upon landing and keeping an adult salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut immediately complete an entry on this harvest card.
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ENTRIES MUST BE RECORDED IN BALLPOINT PEN
Bolding and caps are as presented on the harvest card.

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:22 PM   #24
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Pencils? Are you guys serious?

Keep a pen in your pocket.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:20 AM   #27
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must be in pen as others have said, i keep mine inside one of my tackle box's.
those space pens are just over priced bic pens, who needs a fancy pressurized ball point

OK ... but many with bic pens have asked to use mine
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This sounds like a good solution. Are these pens available for purchase anywhere?
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Sorry but IDK?? It was a present about 10 years ago and have not needed to get another one yet. Bet ya could find one online tho.
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Tag says ink only but once I used pencil lead. It worked but kinda hard to read. At least the intent to tag was there!!!
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Oh this one is easy for me. I Don't catch fish, Only my wife catches fish, and she wont fish in the rain. So No wet pen problem
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:46 PM   #32
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My catch card says to record in ball point pen, so I do. If it's raining and blowing and wet, it's not legible. But the regs don't say it has to be legible, just recorded with a ball point pen. So the smears and smudges are my official ball point pen recording of my catch. I do try and clean it up later when things dry out, but often it still isn't legible, just legal.

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oops i just noticed in my other reply i said must be in pencil, i meant ball point pen, sorry. i must have been thinking pencil because all of the replys. who uses a pencil, seriously? it says clearly on the tag to use a ball point pen. for a good reason. other pens will smudge or wash away when they get wet. most ball points wont
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Google fisher space pen. Staples has them too. Ebay is a great place to find them.

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Thanks for all the reply's. I will be trying the space pen. I had never heard of them before.
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Get a boat with a hardtop to keep you out of the rain
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Light up a nice fat cigar to celebrate your catch, while you do, run the tip of your non-working ball point pen over the flame for a few seconds. Works every time.
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Whatever you do, don't use a felt-tip pen. I did so one time while winter steelheading in the rain on Eagle Creek. I got a fish and was later checked by an officer.....cool......and when I pulled my tag out, all you could see was a blue smudge where I had recorded the fish an hour or 2 earlier. The officer said he could tell I tried to record it, so he didn't cite me, but I've kept a ball point pen on me ever since.
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ditto. you fools are filling out your tags in pencil? how does that go over with osp? good luck explaining when it is written right on the tag.
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Light up a nice fat cigar to celebrate your catch, while you do, run the tip of your non-working ball point pen over the flame for a few seconds. Works every time.
This is the best sounding idea yet. Do you hold your pen over the lighter or the cigar?
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Tag says ink only but once I used pencil lead. It worked but kinda hard to read. At least the intent to tag was there!!!
I used pencil lead before, pen wouldn`t work at all, got checked and the officer said he could tell I was not trying to cheat, he then pulled out his pen and went over my lead writing. Those space pens sound interesting, have to look into them. Bill
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Winter steelheading on the Sandy, BOTH my ball points wouldn't work. pulled out some pencil lead, did the best I could, took about 3 lines just to try and get the numbers legible. Got checked back at the truck by OSP, not a problem. He pulled out his pen, correctly wrote in the information, and then initialed and dated the correct line (thus, the two other lines I wrote in could be usable).

Yes, it clearly says ballpoint pen MUST be used. But if you have one, and it doesn't work....I think I'd take my chance with a pencil (at least until I made it back to the truck where I know for sure I carry a working pen, at which point I would write over the pencil). Intent carries a lot of weight with the law.
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No matter how many people are in the boat, if they are licensed to fish , the person that lands & keeps a fish can not have a rod in the water until they fill out there catch card.



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You are correct. I think what he was saying though is if the boat has more tags to fill, those rods can be in the water WHILE the fisherman who landed the fish keeps his rod out of the water as he tags his fish. For a everyday (and I do mean everyday we fish) example...my wife lands a fish, i bring the boat back in line, throw my rod out. As she is tagging her fish I'm rebaiting hers. Once her tag is filled out, than the bait hits the water, but not until then. I keep telling myself, one of these days the roles will be switched...I will be tagging my fish while she has to wait to throw my rod out for me...one of these days....
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must be in pencil as others have said, i keep mine inside one of my tackle box's.
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oops i just noticed in my other reply i said must be in pencil, i meant ball point pen, sorry. i must have been thinking pencil because all of the replys. who uses a pencil, seriously? it says clearly on the tag to use a ball point pen. for a good reason. other pens will smudge or wash away when they get wet. most ball points wont
OOOOOHHHH, I was sooo gonna light you up. Until I saw your retraction. j/k
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You are correct. I think what he was saying though is if the boat has more tags to fill, those rods can be in the water WHILE the fisherman who landed the fish keeps his rod out of the water as he tags his fish. For a everyday (and I do mean everyday we fish) example...my wife lands a fish, i bring the boat back in line, throw my rod out. As she is tagging her fish I'm rebaiting hers. Once her tag is filled out, than the bait hits the water, but not until then. I keep telling myself, one of these days the roles will be switched...I will be tagging my fish while she has to wait to throw my rod out for me...one of these days....
Right on friend, if that is what the guy was expressing? I do it the same way. I have forgotten a time or two, when I am reminded or remember I write it down immediately.
I had a guy fishing with we this fall that hooked up and he landed a nice fall nook. We motor back up and re anchor. I look over and he about has his rod back in the water, I told him to hold up there partner. He looked at me like I was crazy. I told him there are two other guys fishing in this boat that just worked to help you land a fish, don't you think sitting down and filling out your harvest card is the right thing to do? He moaned a little and took my advice. Ten minutes later his rod goes down again, that one was lost.


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I had a nice OSP officer out in the big pond inform me onetime "If you got time to bait your hooks, that means you had time to tag your fish." The reason I say nice was becasue I was fortunate that he did not write me a ticket.
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I had a nice OSP officer out in the big pond inform me onetime "If you got time to bait your hooks, that means you had time to tag your fish." The reason I say nice was becasue I was fortunate that he did not write me a ticket.
I think that's a great point to remember it by. Sometimes in the heat of the moment we all all excited and pumped and forget to play correctly. Reasonableness is really the key. After netting the fish, moving the boat out of the lane or traffic, getting to a safe spot, moving rods around so they are not a hazard, all of that is reasonable. Throwing a line in, making a bunch of phone calls, re-baiting...all of this before tagging though shows a delay in the "immediate tagging of the fish". Great rule to remember it by.
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You are correct. I think what he was saying though is if the boat has more tags to fill, those rods can be in the water WHILE the fisherman who landed the fish keeps his rod out of the water as he tags his fish. For a everyday (and I do mean everyday we fish) example...my wife lands a fish, i bring the boat back in line, throw my rod out. As she is tagging her fish I'm rebaiting hers. Once her tag is filled out, than the bait hits the water, but not until then. I keep telling myself, one of these days the roles will be switched...I will be tagging my fish while she has to wait to throw my rod out for me...one of these days....

First I will say I do the same exact same thing BUT (that is a big but) the law actually states that you must immediatly Tag your fish. Motoring back to the line before tagging your fish is actually against the law. not flamming because i do it too ... just saying
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My wife (I mean Santa) put a "Space Pen" in my Xmas stocking many years ago. The one the "went to the moon". It was kinda as a joke but she didn't realize what a great present it was

It writes upside down, backwards (jk), in the wet, and cold.

Have kept it with my tag for YEARS and still works EVERYTIME.

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Old 10-31-2011, 11:27 AM   #51
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My wife (I mean Santa) put a "Space Pen" in my Xmas stocking many years ago. The one the "went to the moon". It was kinda as a joke but she didn't realize what a great present it was

It writes upside down, backwards (jk), in the wet, and cold.

Have kept it with my tag for YEARS and still works EVERYTIME.

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Old 10-31-2011, 05:47 PM   #52
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I used pencil lead before, pen wouldn`t work at all, got checked and the officer said he could tell I was not trying to cheat, he then pulled out his pen and went over my lead writing. Those space pens sound interesting, have to look into them. Bill
Just googled space pen, those are COOL! I`ll have a couple of those if Santa can be convinced I`ve been good. Bill
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:06 PM   #53
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I have a space shuttle space pen thats about 30 yrs old. I just looked at the Fisher web site and I have a 2nd one I need to find. Space pen trekker that I didn't know what it was. I found it and thought the landyard ring was cool but didn'y know it was a space pen. Was in junk drawer need to chase it down and put it in my vest.

I sharpen a piece of hollow core with knife and used it and when checked by a officer asked what I had used , why, and with no problem.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:52 PM   #54
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My catch card says to record in ball point pen, so I do. If it's raining and blowing and wet, it's not legible. But the regs don't say it has to be legible, just recorded with a ball point pen. So the smears and smudges are my official ball point pen recording of my catch. I do try and clean it up later when things dry out, but often it still isn't legible, just legal.

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Write in the rain brand pen. $6-8 and works.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:16 PM   #56
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Here's a link to the Space Pen that I have used for over 10 years...

http://www.fisherspacepenstore.com/s...tspacepen.aspx

small, simple, reliable
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:47 PM   #57
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I've tagged a fish with it's own blood before...better than nothing!!
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #58
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if you bring a fountain pen and a jar a fresh black ink.you cant lose just set your feather quill and ink blotter w eggs and sand shrimp and ye olde angling license and the solution is there
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My catch card says to record in ball point pen, so I do. If it's raining and blowing and wet, it's not legible. But the regs don't say it has to be legible, just recorded with a ball point pen. So the smears and smudges are my official ball point pen recording of my catch. I do try and clean it up later when things dry out, but often it still isn't legible, just legal.

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:23 PM   #60
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A super fine permanent marker works great when its wet.
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