Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two women on Dec. 27 and one woman on Jan. 1 for alleged red drum violations in Cameron Parish.
Melissa Landreneau, 41, Jennifer Pickens, 46, and Rhonda Thibodeaux, 45, all from Port Allen, were each cited for two counts of possessing over the limit of ten red drum off the water.
Agents received an anonymous tip saying that the women were fishing off Hwy. 27 south of Holly Beach and catching over the daily limit of red drum and transporting the fish to their camper located in Holly Beach. The informant provided agents a description of the vehicle used to transport the fish. Agents located a vehicle that fit the description parked at a camper in Holly Beach.
The informant positively identified Landreneau and Thibodeaux. Pickens was later located on Jan. 1 in Port Allen.
An investigation by the agents revealed the three women arrived in Holly Beach on Dec. 26 and fished that day taking over the limit of red drum. The three women again fished on Dec. 27 and caught 42 red drum and admitted to making trips back and forth from the fishing grounds to their camper.
All three women admitted to the violations and provided voluntary statements regarding their illegal activity. A total of 45 whole red drum along with 26 red drum filets were seized from the three women. The daily limit on red drum is five fish per person per day.
The penalty for possessing over the limit of 10 red drum (Off Water) carries a fine up to $950, or jail up to 120 days, or both plus court costs. The state shall also assess a civil penalty for the total value of $497.58 the illegal fish. All the fish were seized and donated to charity.
Agents participating in the case were Capt. Jubal Marceaux, Lt. Remy Broussard and Senior Agent Sean Moreau.
For more information, contact Lt. Colonel Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.