Men allegedly kept two dozen undersized red drum, two small black drum, LDWF says
Two Florida men were cited May 18 near Fourchon after enforcement agents allegedly caught them with 24 undersized redfish and two undersized black drum, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division reported. Agents cited Roberto C. Arenas, 51, and Lucio Alamo, 60, for possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water, taking and possessing undersized red drum and black drum, intentional littering, angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses, and obtaining licenses by fraud, the LDWF said.
After receiving a complaint of illegal fishing and littering violations, agents setup surveillance and allegedly observed Arenas and Alamo catching and keeping undersized red drum and throwing beer cans in the marsh off of Highway 1 near Fourchon.
Agents allegedly found Arenas and Alamo to be in possession of 24 red drum and two black drum — all under the 16 inch minimum size requirement, the agency said. The men also allegedly had two sheepshead.
During the investigation, agents also allegedly discovered that both subjects possessed Louisiana basic and saltwater fishing licenses purchased illegally with a Louisiana ID, as they are residents of the state of Florida with Florida driver’s licenses.
Possession of more than 10 red drum off of the water brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Obtaining a license by fraud carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Taking and possessing undersized red and black drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program. Angling without non-resident basic and saltwater fishing licenses brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.
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