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Gretna commercial fishing guide pleads guilty to federal felony violation of the Lacey Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2011

BLAKE A. MITCHELL, age 26, a resident of Gretna, Louisiana, and owner/operator of “Louisiana Bowfishing, Inc.,” pleaded guilty today before U. S. District Court Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown to providing a commercial fishing/guiding service in violation of federal law, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, MITCHELL owned “Louisiana Bowfishing, Inc.,” a fishing, hunting, and guiding service based out of Gretna, Louisiana. In January 2010, MITCHELL arranged to take several men from Tennessee on a combined duck hunt and bowfishing trip in Plaquemines Parish. During the two-day trip, MITCHELL captained an airboat with the men aboard, and he provided them with the necessary equipment to hunt and instructed them on where to stand and how to operate the equipment. During the hunt, MITCHELL took the men on multiple bowfishing trips each day and encouraged them to exceed the legal limit of five (5) redfish per person. MITCHELL himself took twenty (20) redfish over the two days. Between hunts, MITCHELL returned the airboat to the boat launch, put the fish in an ice chest, and hid them in an obscure location next to a nearby convenience store. MITCHELL was paid $1850 for the entire hunt.

MITCHELL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. As part of his plea agreement, MITCHELL has also agreed to forfeit to the Government the airboat he used to commit the crime. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 16, 2012, at 10:00 am.

The case was investigated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg.

November 28, 2011 at 3:21am
A comment titled: I Quote in response to a report titled: Louisiana Bowfishing

I love this quote, 'Just know, he is truly a wonderful person, and would do anything for anyone!!!!!!'

He has stolen from the system, violated every sportsman who abides by the law, and given a black eye to the charter boats and guides also. Yes he is truly a wonderful person and trust me he has done enough for everyone already.

December 01, 2011 at 5:53am
A comment titled: Portrayed?! in response to a report titled: Louisiana Bowfishing

PORTRAYED?! And the Oscar for best actor goes to... Exactly how would you like for Mr. Mitchell to be portrayed Ms. Nicole? Blake Mitchell broke the law on purpose, knew what he was doing wrong since he attempted to conceal his crime and he admitted it in a court of law. rnrnAs for this is the first time he's ever broken the law or simply the first time he's ever been caught is something we'll never know.

Since we are all entitled to our opinions, I have a hard time believing this is the first time he's ever taken over the limit of fish. He went out one day taking more than the limit and golly wouldn't you know that happens to be the day he got caught, yeah right. It seems other opinions from people possibly in the know is this is simply the first time he's been caught,but hey that is heresay.

November 30, 2011 at 6:23pm
A comment titled: In Response to abeastandasavage in response to a report titled: Louisiana Bowfishing

In Response to abeastandasavage: Cannot find out anything more than what is on the United States Department of Justice Website as I also wondered how he got busted. It seems from another comment made on this thread though this isn't his first time breaking the law just the first time he got caught.

November 28, 2011 at 10:30pm
A comment titled: DO NOT BUY THIS KNIFE! in response to a report titled: Fillet Knife

As another post stated the new knife will not last, it's a total waste of money. It died before I finished one box of 100 Trout, I returned it figuring I may have gotten a bad one. The next trip it overheated and quit before 50 Trout were cleaned, my fault I should've read the awful reviews about it first.

In addition to being a bad product you should be banned for your spam post. You say I'm not trying to sell anything oh but here is the site you can buy them, really now dude?! Please do not delete your post though, maybe we can save others from buying a total piece of junk.

November 14, 2011 at 8:15pm
A comment titled: Lying, Misresprentation, and Rudeness! in response to a report titled: Bad experience at Dockside

In addition to them being constantly rude at Dockside, I know first hand of their lying and misrepresentations in their reports to boost business. I have a friend on the inside with those guys, you wouldn't believe how many times they catch fish, run their boats to another area to take pics., then make a false report. This is not merely a guess, he has watched this take place and been on some trips when this has happened. Of course they seem helpful when asked where to fish when everyone knows where the fish are being caught.

I have been treated like dirt by this crew too and I spend a fortune fishing often. In addition to being rude I simply do not do business with dishonest people. Take your business elswhere, they're are many good, genuine people out there.

Finally someone had the time and/ or guts to post this information. Please do not argue with them over their bad experience by telling them of your good experiences, they're well aware of how they were treated. I could give many examples of fishermen I know who will never step foot there again and not just weekend warriors.

November 13, 2011 at 11:40pm
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