An enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries busted three anglers in Plaquemines Parish last week for alleged redfish violations while fishing from the bank in Port Sulphur.
According to a press release, David Lee Kimbrough Jr., 46, of Kenner, Michael Bazile Jr., 44, of New Orleans and Devin Reynolds, 24, of Kenner, were cited Feb. 15 for possessing over the limit of red drum and taking undersized red drum.
Kimbrough also was cited for taking undersized black drum, and both Bazile and Reynolds were ticketed for angling without basic and saltwater licenses, the release states.
During a license and creel check, the agent allegedly discovered Bazile and Reynolds did not possess basic and saltwater fishing licenses, according to the release. Then the agent allegedly found Kimbrough in possession of 38 redfish, of which 16 were undersized, as well as two undersized black drum. The agent also found Bazile in possession of eight undersized redfish and Reynolds in possession of 11 redfish, two of which were undersized.
Licensed anglers are allowed five red drum and five black drum per day, with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.
Taking over the limit of redfish, taking undersized redfish and taking undersized black drum each carry a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Possessing over 10 redfish brings a $400 to $950 fine and 120 days in jail. Angling without basic and saltwater fishing licenses each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail, according to the release.
The men may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the fish totaling $878 for Kimbrough, $211 for Bazile and $291 for Reynolds.