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    Aug 2009
    La Porte

    Warning for Falcon Lake

    WARNING for Falcon Lake


    McALLEN — Heavily armed Mexican freshwater pirates have been shaking down U.S. boaters on Falcon Lake, a reservoir and bass fishing haven that straddles the Rio Grande. At least three such incidents have been reported since April 30, the latest on Sunday, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety warning issued Tuesday that linked the muggings to northern Mexico's increasing lawlessness.
    According to descriptions of the incidents, the robbers — in at least one case posing as Mexican federal law enforcement officers — searched fishermen's boats for guns and drugs, then demanded cash at gunpoint.
    One of the incidents reportedly occurred on the U.S. side of the lake.
    “The robbers are believed to be members of a drug trafficking organization or members of an enforcer group linked to a drug trafficking organization who are ... using AK-47s or AR-15 rifles to threaten their victims,” the DPS statement said. “They appear to be using local Mexican fishermen to operate the boats to get close to American fishermen.”
    It was unclear why sport fishermen were targeted, but the warning comes only a few weeks before bass fishing tournaments that are among the South Texas border region's biggest tourist draws.
    DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said the warning was issued in part because of the upcoming tournaments.
    Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said he would be discussing security concerns with tournament participants and has been reviewing protective measures with the DPS Border Security Operations Center and the region's Fusion Center, a federal information clearinghouse for terrorism prevention and response.
    Reported victims included:
    • Five people in two boats who were approached by four tattooed men April 30 claiming to be “federales” near the church at Old Guerrero, a once-submerged town on the Mexican side of the lake. The men boarded their boats, demanded cash and asked “where are the drugs?” They then took $200 from the Americans and followed the boats until they re-entered U.S. waters.

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    • Three fishermen who were approached May 6 by a boat containing two men who pointed AR-15s — the civilian version of the U.S. military's M-16 assault rifle — at them. One boarded the fishing boat, searched for drugs, cash and guns, chambered a round in his rifle and told the fishermen he would shoot them if they did not give him money.
    • Boaters on the U.S. side of the lake who were approached by a boat containing five armed men on May 16, according to second-hand reports that reached law enforcement officers. The DPS said it couldn't confirm if the boaters had been robbed.
    Tuesday's notice urged fishermen to stay as far as possible from any of the Argos-type boats typically used as fishing vessels by Mexican fishermen, which DPS said had large prows, small outboard motors without cowling and no identification numbers on the hulls.
    Boaters on the lake also were urged to stay within U.S. waters and file a float plan with family members.
    Falcon Lake is an approximately 60-mile-long reservoir on the Rio Grande fronting Starr and Zapata counties on the Texas side and shared between the United States and Mexico. It was formed by a dam in 1953 to conserve water for agriculture and control downstream flooding.

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    Can't even fish anymore without having problems

  2. #2
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    Jul 2009
    Porter, TX. / X-Kingwood resident
    Thanks for the warning, that's sad.
    Its only going to get worse, seems the LAW is getting overpowered by these guys.

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    Jul 2005
    Had a friend stop by the house last night, and he and his family were going to Falcon next month!! I told him about this and he canceled the trip!!

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    Jul 2009
    Kingwood - Bear Branch
    I would think most people will cancel if they are aware of what is going on.

    It's a heck of a deal when you have to take a weapon with you for protection just to go fishing!!

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    Jun 2009
    WOW that is crazy. Thanks for the heads up. I like Lake Amastad but been thinking the same might happen on that lake. It being a border lake as well

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    Feb 2008
    Near Sheldon
    I believe that i will stay as far away from the border as possible!
    Never give up Never surrender!

    Mike Bates

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    Bazooka Joe is offline Senior Member FishingTX Accomplished Angler
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    Feb 2010
    That is terrible i just watched a fishing show where they where catchin big bass literally left and right...those cartels need to be exterminated they are killing women children and the elderly...not counting the countless men they kill...i just hope it dosen't come this way but it allready looks to be comeing into texas

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