A Gretna man was cited for alleged charter guide fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.
Blake A. Mitchell, 29, was cited for not having a charter guide license, not having proof of adequate liability insurance and not having proof of registration on his airboat, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Acting on complaints of illegal guiding practices near Port Sulphur, agents were waiting at the boat launch when Mitchell returned from a trip. Customers interviewed by agents said they had agreed to pay $200 each to bowfish, the release states.
Agents learned that Mitchell purchased his 2015 charter guide license online moments after a trip when he saw an LDWF agent approaching him.
Not possessing a charter guide license and not having proof of liability insurance each carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jai, while not having registration in your possession brings a $50 fine.
Agents placed a forfeiture order on Mitchell’s truck and airboat until disposition of the case, according to the release.