An off-duty game warden fishing near Bayou Chauvin Sunday busted three men accused of possessing more than their daily limit of redfish.
Sgt. Bryan Marie was fishing when he came into contact with Troy A. Dangerfield, 37, of Houma, and Nelson D. Robinson, 47, of Luling, who didn’t know he was a game warden.
According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, they allegedly told Marie they had already caught their daily limit of redfish and were heading back to the landing to drop the fish off and head out to catch another limit.
Marie followed the men back to the Ashland Public Boat Launch in Grand Cailou, where he documented the men giving 10 redfish to Vernell C. McBride, 44, of Houma. The two men then relaunched to catch more fish, according to the release.
Marie contacted on-duty agents and gave them a description of the boat and truck, and two agents waited for the men to return with additional redfish.
Around noon, Dangerfield and Robinson returned from their second trip, with McBride waiting onshore. Agents made contact and allegedly found the three men in possession of 25 redfish.
The daily limit is five redfish per person per day.
Robinson, McBride and Dangerfield were cited for fishing without a basic and saltwater fishing licenses and possessing over the limit of redfish.
Possessing over the limit of redfish brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Also, the men face an additional $25 per fish over the limit, and since they did not possess fishing licenses all 25 are considered over the limit - resulting in a $625 fine. Not possessing a basic and saltwater fishing license each carries up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. The men may also face a $661.75 civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the fish, the release states.