Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited five bow fishermen for illegal nighttime activities and other criminal violations on the Salvador Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Charles Parish on June 16.
Alan Yedor II, 36, of Marrero, Jeffery Gavel, 46, of Littleton, Colo., Thomas Maddox, 37, and Thomas Finnie Jr., 57 both of Sulphur, and Michael Benoit, 33, of Jennings, were each cited with one count of failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations for entering a WMA during illegal hours. Yedor was also cited with three additional violations that included failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations on a WMA for illegally operating an airboat, failure to comply with charter boat regulations and fishing without a basic license.
Agents were on patrol in Jefferson Parish near the WMA when they received a call from the LDWF Dispatch Office concerning an airboat operating illegally on the WMA. The agents conducted surveillance of the area and observed the airboat, which appeared to be engaged in bow fishing. After the agents observed the airboat on the WMA for approximately 90 minutes, the vessel was intercepted. During the investigation, agents determined that Yedor was acting as a fishing guide and had not obtained the required charter boat license or fishing license.
All nighttime activity on the Salvador WMA is prohibited. It is also unlawful to operate an airboat on the Salvador WMA unless granted a permit by the LDWF Fur and Refuge Division.
Each count for failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs. Failure to comply with charter boat regulations carries a fine up to $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Angling without a license carries a fine of $50, or jail time up to 15 days or both.
Agents involved in the investigation were Sgt. Herman Champagne, Senior Agents Gary Pierce and Villere Reggio, and Agent Timothy Fox.
For more information, contact Capt. Stephen McManus at 504-284-2023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.