Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men for alleged red snapper, red drum and license violations on April 21.
Agents received an anonymous complaint that Thomas Pham, 45, of Yukon, Okla., Thien Trinh, 39, Het Nguyen, 33, Minh Le, 36, all from Oklahoma City, Okla., Kiet Nguyen, 37, of Metairie, and Giang Nguyen, 29, of Westwego, were in possession of red snapper during the currently closed recreational snapper season.
Agents were informed that the six men left the Delta Marina located in Empire. A truck and boat matching the description given to agents was then seen in Buras. When the vessel was inspected, agents recovered 94 red snapper, most of which were under the legal size limit of 16 inches. Three red drum, all over 27 inches, two triggerfish, five sheepshead, five Spanish mackerel and two lane snapper were also found.
At the time of the stop, the recreational red snapper season was closed and not set to open until June 1, 2008. The limit for red snapper is two fish per person with a minimum size limit of 16 inches placing them 82 red snapper over their legal limit.
All six men were cited for taking or possessing red snapper during a closed season, taking or possessing undersized red snapper and taking or possessing red snapper over the legal limit. Pham, Trinh, and Het Nguyen, and Le were also cited for possessing fish without a non-resident basic fishing license and a non-resident saltwater license. Kiet Nguyen received an additional citation for taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches.
Taking red snapper during a closed season, taking over the limit of red snapper, taking undersized red snapper and taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches each carry a fine up to $350 per offense, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.
The state also accessed a total civil penalty of $1,100.11 for the illegal fish. Another $379.75 was accessed to Kiet Nguyen for the red drum violation. Agents seized all of the fish.
Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agents Villere Reggio, Roy Pier, Robert Cosse Jr., and Agent Brett Nabors.
For more information, contact Capt. Stephen McManus at email@example.com or 504-280-1574.