Three Lake Pontchartrain anglers were ticketed on Monday for allegedly exceeding their daily limit of speckled trout, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Enforcement agents cited Arthur Borchgrevink, 71, of Metairie, and Rudy Mirandone Jr., 73, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., for taking over the daily limit of speckled trout. Agents also cited Sidney Frechou III, 62, of Pearl River, for taking over the daily limit and possession limit of specks, and John Dandry Jr., 60, of Metairie, was ticketed for not possessing basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses.
Acting on complaints of anglers being over their limit of specks in Lake Pontchartrain, agents working in the area stopped a vessel with Borchgrevink and Mirandone and found them in possession of 43 trout, the release states.
But upon further investigation, agents allegedly found an additional 59 specks in their vehicle that had been caught the same morning, according to the release.
Agents then stopped the vessel with Frechou and Dandry and found them with 50 trout, but further investigation revealed Dandry allegedly possessed an additional 52 trout that were taken over multiple days, including one day when he allegedly caught 27.
The daily bag limit for speckled trout is 25 per person for the Lake Pontchartrain area. The possession limit of spotted trout is twice the daily bag limit on land, however no person shall be in possession of trout over the daily bag limit in any one day or while fishing or out on the water.
According to the release, that put Borchgrevink and Mirandone 52 fish over their daily limit. It also put Dandry 27 trout over his possession limit and two trout over one of his daily limits.
Angling without basic fishing and saltwater fishing licenses each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense. Taking over the daily limit of trout brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Taking over the possession limit of trout carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail, the release states.
Borchgrevink and Mirandone may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $1,506 for the illegally possessed fish, according to the release. Dandry may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $782 for his illegally possessed fish, while Frechou could face a civil restitution penalty totaling $724 for his illegally possessed fish.