THREE FISHERMEN CITED ON MERMENTAU RIVER

Release Date: 08/28/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men in Cameron Parish on Aug. 20 for alleged boating safety and red drum violations.


As agents were checking fishermen under the Highway 82 bridge, a boat operated by James Voltaire Hamilton, 41, of Lake Charles passed the location slamming several boats into the concrete pilings.  Upon stopping the vessel, the agents discovered undersized red drum and too many red drum in excess of 27 inches.


Hamilton was cited for several boating safety violations including careless operation, failure to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements and no fire extinguisher. He was also cited for possession of undersized red drum and possession of too many red drum in excess of 27 inches.


Dwight Fitzgerald Martin, 42, and Brazil Coutee III, 36, both of Baton Rouge, were also cited for possession of undersized red drum and possession of too many red drum in excess of 27 inches.


Possession of undersized red drum and over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches each carry a fine between $100 and $350, or imprisonment up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.  The Judicial District Court may also assess restitution for the value of the fish.  The penalties for failure to comply with PFD requirements and no fire extinguisher are fines of $50 for each offense.  The penalty for careless operation of a watercraft is a fine up to $300, or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court costs.


Anglers are allowed to possess one fish in excess of 27 inches as part of their daily bag limit on red drum.


Agents participating in the case were Capt. Jubal Marceaux, Lt. Remy Broussard and Agent Beau Robertson.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov or call 225-765-2988.
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