Went fishing yesterday with a new acquaintance from Sebastian, FL. He’s got a go-fast off shore boat, and we went about 25 miles out looking for dolphin and kingfish. Didn’t find any, and while hightailing it back to the inlet, we were pulled over, boarded and searched by federal agents with the Dept. of Homeland Security. I was totally on edge because I forgot to bring my fishing license, but these guys didn’t care. They were looking for drugs or weapons. After calling in our ID’s and finding smelly bait on board, they gave us a cursory lookover and bid us on our way. We saw them later in the day checking other boats, so it wasn’t just us.
Their vessel was an incredibly hot chase boat with 4 large mercury outboards mounted on the stern. I asked permission to take pictures, and they said ok to take photos of the boat, but not of the agents.