LDWF: Men kept dozens more redfish than their legal limits

Six men were cited Dec. 27 for allegedly catching and keeping more than 60 fish over their daily limits while fishing near Fourchon.

LDWF Strike Force agents cited Eric R. Wood, 23, of Ethel; John M. Calhoun III, 22, of Zachary; Anthony M. Guidry, 32, of Larose; Tad M. Gaspard, 40, of Lockport; John M. Calhoun Jr., 46, of Greenwell Springs; and Ted Joseph Gaspard, 50, of Lockport; for possessing more than 10 red drum each.

Agents received a complaint from a confidential informant in reference to several subjects fishing from the bank near Flotation Canal located in Fourchon.

Agents arrived on scene to setup surveillance, and observed the subjects catching several red drum and placing the fish in a boat that was in the bed of a truck. After observing the subjects for more than an hour, agents approached the subjects to conduct a license and creel compliance check.

The six men were found to be in possession of 94 red drum ranging from 16 inches to 25 inches in length. Louisiana law allows five red drum per day per fisherman and 10 fish for the possession limit per fisherman.

Wood was issued an additional citation for fishing without a resident saltwater license. Calhoun III was issued additional citations for fishing without resident basic and saltwater licenses.

The six men also were issued civil restitution citations for the value of the red drum.

If convicted of the over limit of red drum, the men face fines between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court cost.

Agents seized and donated the 94 red drum to the Larose/Cutoff Youth Center.