Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Gibson man for allegedly possessing over the limit of black bass in Terrebonne Parish on June 5.
Agents cited Cody M. Smith, 32, after finding him in possession of 26 black bass, which put him 16 over the legal limit of 10 black bass per day.
Agents on patrol in the Antill Canal observed a vessel traveling south. After stopping the vessel operated by Smith to perform a safety check, agents observed several fishing poles and a 48 quart ice chest containing 26 black bass in the vessel.
Possessing over the limit of black bass brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Smith also could face civil restitution for the illegally taken black bass totaling up to $215. The fish were seized and donated to a local charity.
The daily limit for Black Bass is 10 per day. Anglers staying at camps for three days on the water may have up to three times the daily limit of black bass below U.S. Hwy. 90 in coastal Louisiana providing the fish are kept whole gutted in separate bags for each daily take limit. The bags must be marked with the date the fish were taken, the species and number of fish contained in the bag, and the name and recreational fishing license number of the person taking the fish.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Dean Aucoin.