We were boarded in the Gulf of Mexico
during the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo in the mid 90's. It was a big boat, ship actually. We were in federal waters. The crew on deck
overseeing the boarding party were armed and weapons drawn. I could only see the few at the rail during the boarding. The boarding was to check our fish
catch for compliance with federal regulations
. The two CG folks spent about 20 minutes measuring the smaller ones for minimum length and species. We had reef fish
, snapper and the like and the limit was 5 in the aggregate. We had 4 on board so there were quite a few to go through. After we were found in compliance, they explained they were on a training cruise
and had reserves on board so everything by the book. The drawn guns
were a little over the top we thought.