Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two men for alleged red drum violations in Port Sulphur on Feb. 11.
Agents cited Byron Turner, 35, of Port Sulphur, and Raishon Hingle, 18, of Labadieville, for possessing undersized red drum, possessing over 10 red drum, angling without a basic fishing license and angling without a saltwater license.
Agents received a complaint about two men trespassing on Plaquemines Parish property at a pump station located on West Paula Drive in Port Sulphur. Upon responding to the complaint, agents found the vehicle that matched the description given in a parking lot in Port Sulphur.
Agents found Turner and Hingle in the vehicle possessing undersized red drum. Turner and Hingle then took agents to a residence where the rest of the fish were being kept.
Agents found 23 more red drum at the residence bringing the total to 33 red drum of which ten were under the legal size limit of 16 inches. Each man was only allowed five drum per day putting them 23 red drum over the minimum limit. The penalty for over the limit of red drum is stricter for anyone possessing 10 or more red drum. Both men were also unable to produce valid basic and saltwater fishing licenses.
Possessing over 10 red drum carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking undersized red drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Angling without a basic or saltwater license each carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. The men will also be assessed civil restitution in the amount of $608.81 for the illegally taken fish.
Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Agent Blaine Wagner.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or email@example.com.