Three men were cited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for possessing undersized red drum on Nov. 23 in Plaquemines Parish, according to a press release.
Henry Davis, 57, of Jesuit Bend, and both Donelle Hill, 34 and Oliver Hill, 66, of Belle Chasse, were cited for possessing undersized red drum. Donelle Hill and Oliver Hill also were cited for possessing more than the legal five redfish per day limit, and Donelle Hill was cited for not having basic and saltwater fishing licenses, the release states.
The men were found with 43 redfish, 26 of which were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches.
Davis also was charged with the intentional concealment of illegal fish and is accused of throwing an undetermined number of fish into the water when he was approached by a uniformed LDWF agent. He also was charged with intentional littering when trash entered the water as he attempted to conceal the fish, the release states.
Intentional concealment of illegal fish and taking over the limit of red drum carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense. Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail. Angling without basic and saltwater licenses carries a $50 fine for each offense. Intentional littering brings up to a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program, the release states.
The three men also face a grand total of $1,191.15 in civil restitution to the State of Louisiana for the illegally taken red drum, according to the release.