Fooling Your Kids Into Thinking You Caught A Fish Can Get You Arrested In Austria

A German man on vacation with his family in Austria learned an important lesson recently: Don’t try to impress your kids by pretending a frozen fish is one you just caught from a pond. Authorities are now convinced the man is a poacher because of the trout deception.

Alexander says he and his wife cooked up a prank to play on their two kids, involving two frozen trout, already gutted and ready to cook, purchased from a grocery store, says Germany’s The Local (via Huffington Post).

He then tied the fish to the end of poles and dangled them in the pond until they were thawed enough to look freshly-caught, in order to fool his kids. However, another pondgoer spotted him and reported the fishing to police, who arrested the couple for illegal fishing

Apparently, it’s against the law to even put a rod in the water without a license, say cops, no matter what you’ve tied to the line.

The dad’s fate will be decided after the man who reported him comes back from vacation, as he claims he told the guy it was a frozen fish. If convicted, he could spend six months in jail.

Of course, he’s already had the punishment of having to fess up to his children and admit that Daddy lied. Ouch.

Dad faces poaching charge for fake fishing [The Local]


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  1. ChuckECheese says:

    6 months’ hoosegow for unlicensed fishing? It must be the King’s venison.

  2. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    Damn, imagine if it had been a stuffed Kangaroo!

  3. That guy. says:

    Something is fishy about this story.

  4. TheMansfieldMauler says:

    Having a prank fish tied to a line on a pole and dangled in the water isn’t illegal where I’m currently sitting. Therefore it must not be illegal anywhere else in the universe and the charges are false! They can’t do that dammit!

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      In the U.S. if you have your pole in the water, you’re fishing. If you don’t have a license, you will be fined. Since some people fish using store-bought frozen fish as bait so it could easily be assumed that you were illegally fishing. However, 6 months in jail is pretty severe.

      • CommonSense(ಠ_ಠ) says:

        I’m from the north. I never heard of any stupid fishing or hunting rules.
        I moved to Texas and everyone here freaks out about the “rules”. I truely find it pathetic. It is just hunting and fishing. I say let people do what they want – who gives a shit.
        From what I see the whole hunting and fishing “rules” thing is 100% just a money making tax.

        • deathbecomesme says:

          You see all those nice state parks that get taken care of. You see those boat ramps you use to go out on the lake. You see all that wildlife. Those are taken care of with money from licenses to hunt and fish. I don’t mind paying $40 a year (11 cents/day) to fish where I please. Guess you don’t believe in paying for license plate tags either because the roads don’t need to be kept up either huh?

          • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

            ^This.^ Also, those licensing fees go to pay for restocking over-fished lakes and streams, and paying DNR agents that prevent poaching and uphold many other regulations.

            And hunting and fishing, left unregulated, would be the end of hunting and fishing. So yeah, 6 months in jail for unlicensed fishing is pretty stupid, but what he was doing can indeed be construed as fishing, since people do fish that way.

            Also, YUCK! Who thaws a piece of store-bought meat in a pond?? Way to unnecessarily introduce bacteria into your meal!

        • Northern Lights says:

          You’re either trolling or you have no idea how the concept of sustainability works.

  5. GMFish says:

    “I don’t know how to communicate this, or even if it is possible. But the question of justice has concerned me greatly of late. And I say to any creature who may be listening, there can be no justice so long as laws are absolute. Even life itself is an exercise in exceptions.”

    – Captain Jean-Luc Picard

  6. dush says:

    Who fishes by putting a rod in the water? What a stupid law.

  7. James says:

    That was a great episode of I Love Lucy. Weren’t they all on vacation in Florida?

  8. Cat says:

    “Today’s fish is Red Snapper à la Crème. Enjoy your meal.”

    Mmmmm, Red Snapper à la Crème…

  9. ferozadh says:

    I don’t know why but this feels like it belongs to the opening montage of a Paul Thomas Anderson movie.

  10. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    Just execute him and be done with it.

  11. axolotl says:

    What kind of jackass reports somebody to the police for fishing? Mind your own business dude.

    • Aliciaz777 says:

      I know, right? Do people really have nothing better to do than play tattle tale over such stupid, trivial things?

    • Bsamm09 says:

      A lot of people. A lot of fish are way over fished and fishing rules are needed. It may be hard to tell if this was a joke. If he actually tied the fish to the line, I’d say let him go but if there were hooks in the fishes’ mouth it would be hard to make a case that they weren’t fishing since it could look like the trout were used as bait.

      • The Cupcake Nazi says:

        What the hell are you fishing for that trout could look like bait? Pond sharks? Trout are not small fish that could generally eb considered as a baitfish.

        • The Porkchop Express says:

          There are some big ass cat fish out there. I mean big. Look up the Wells Catfish, they may be in Austria.

          Also, sharks (bull sharks I believe) head up rivers all the time. Fairly far up rivers too.

    • Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

      Clearly, you don’t live someplace where natural resource violations are an issue.

      Oh, wait, you probably do if you live anywhere.

      You may say “oh, it’s just someone fishing” – but what happens when it’s hundreds of people taking dozens of fish everyday until they wipe out an entire species or ecosystem. Or, if you say “well, it’s only a deer. Or an elk. Or a grizzly bear. Or a bald eagle.” Poaching is poaching.

      While I think the officer may have been overzealous in this case (a warning would have been more than sufficient as the man was not poaching, but just being dumb), it doesn’t change the fact that poaching is a real problem, and it’s one that can only be addressed with the public’s help.

  12. axolotl says:

    “The dad’s fate will be decided after the man who reported him comes back from vacation, as he claims he told the guy it was a frozen fish.”

    “Apparently, it’s against the law to even put a rod in the water without a license, say cops, no matter what you’ve tied to the line.”

    One of these things is not like the other…

  13. TinaBringMeTheAx says:

    I didn’t know that Mike Bloomberg was also mayor of Austria.

  14. Aliciaz777 says:

    So they can’t decide the dad’s fate until the tattle tale comes back from vacation? The tattle take gets to enjoy his vacation while meanwhile ruining the vacation of two parents and their children over something extremely stupid and trivial. People need to start minding their own business. It’s not like they were hurting anyone. They were trying to make their vacation fun for their kids.

  15. Jane_Gage says:

    Should have gone trout fishing in America, even though it lacks a clear central story line.

  16. Moniker Preferred says:

    A story truly on the forefront of consumerism.

  17. Blueskylaw says:

    I thought April Fools already passed?

  18. framitz says:

    Pretend to do the crime: DO THE TIME.

  19. Cooneymike says:

    Would it be possible under German law, for the father to go away and pretend to do 6 months in jail for pretending to poach fish? Alternatively he could leave now and pretend to murder the J@ck @ss who called the police on a guy fishing with his kids?

  20. aaron8301 says:

    Yet we let an Austrian run the state of California for 8 years. Explains so much…

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      Hey now, you get the leaders you deserve, by voting or not.

  21. 2 Replies says:

    Ridiculous law.

  22. Libertas says:

    Obviously the phrase “snitches get stitches, and talkers get walkers” gets lost in translation.

  23. joako says:

    It’s just a fish for crying out loud. Next thing you know they will start arresting people for gardening.

  24. Daggertrout says:

    Wow. What a bunch of Nazis…

  25. milehound says:

    Germans … they have no idea how strict Austrians are about rules and discipline.

  26. milehound says:

    Germans … they’ve completely forgotten how strict Austrians can be about rules and discipline: