Release Date: 02/12/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested an Orleans Parish resident for alleged license violations and allegedly taking game fish illegally with a cast net on Feb. 5.

Agents spotted Jimmy Martinez, 29, originally from Honduras, throwing a cast net from the road in Delacroix, in St. Bernard Parish.  A license compliance check revealed Martinez did not have the required licenses and it was determined that Martinez had illegally taken 25 freshwater game fish with a cast net.  Agents found and seized eight bass and 17 bream in connection with the violation.  

Because Martinez did not have any identification, agents arrested him for taking game fish illegally with a cast net and for angling without basic and saltwater licenses.  He was transported to the St. Bernard Parish lock-up with the aid of St. Bernard Sheriff's Office deputies. 

Taking and possessing game fish illegally with a cast net is a Class 4 violation carrying a fine between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  Angling without basic and saltwater non-resident licenses are Class 2 violations and carry a fine between $100 and $350 each, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs. 

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Scot Keller, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Kris Bourgeois. 

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