By Jeff Herman
Early reports lack detail, but the Galveston Daily News reports a commercial shrimper shot at a kayak fisherman yesterday in Galveston, Texas. The kayaker was fishing around the vicinity of the 61st Street fishing pier close to the area where the shrimper was trolling.
The kayak fisherman was not injured, and there is no evidence that the bullet or bullets fired from the shrimp boat struck the kayak.
Commercial shrimping opened July 15th and shrimp trollers commonly fish the shallow gulf waters parallel to shore early in the season. Boating lanes and areas commonly fished by commercial vessels are best avoided by kayaks, however there is never justification for gun violence.
The kayaker and the shrimp boat captain allegedly exchanged words over right-of-way before the shrimper fired. “Lots of common sense should have been applied, but wasn’t,” Capt. Tanuz of Texas Parks and Wildlife told the Daily News.
Galveston Police working with Texas Game Wardens have reportedly taken a shrimp boat captain into custody and charged him with deadly conduct.
Stay tuned to Kayak Fish for updates as they become available.