Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Gretna man for alleged charter guide fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.
Agents cited Blake A. Mitchell, 29, for not having charter guide licenses, not having proof of adequate liability insurance on his vessel and not having proof of registration on his vessel.
Agents received complaints of illegal guiding practices in the area of Port Sulphur located in Plaquemines Parish. When Mitchell arrived back at the boat launch with saltwater finfish that were taken by means of bow the customers were interviewed at which point they stated the agreed upon price for the trip was $200 per person.
Agents learned that Mitchell purchased his 2015 charter guide license online moments after he completed a for hire trip when he saw an LDWF agent approaching him. He was also cited for not having proof of liability insurance for the vessel in use and not having the boat registration in possession.
Not possessing a charter guide license and having proof of liability insurance each carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail. Not having registration in possession brings a $50 fine.
Agents placed a forfeiture order on Mitchell’s truck and airboat until disposition of case.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Adam Young and Agent Travis Bartlett.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.