A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Agent cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Nov. 23 in Plaquemines Parish.
Sgt. Adam Young cited Henry Davis Jr., 57, of Jesuit Bend, Donelle Hill, 34, and Oliver Hill, 66, both of Belle Chasse for possessing undersized red drum. Donelle Hill and Oliver Hill were also cited for possessing more than the legal five red drum a day limit. Donelle Hill was also cited for not having basic and saltwater fishing licenses.
Sgt. Young found the men with 43 red drum, 26 of which were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches. The legal limit for red drum is five per person per day.
Davis was charged with the intentional concealment of illegal fish when he threw an un-determined amount of fish into the water upon approach of a uniformed LDWF agent. Davis was also charged with intentional littering when trash entered the water when he concealed his fish.
Intentional concealment of illegal fish and taking over the limit of red drum carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense. Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail. Angling without basic and saltwater licenses carries a $50 fine for each offense. Intentional littering brings up to a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.
The three men also face a grand total of $1,191.15 in civil restitution to the State of Louisiana for the illegally taken red drum.
The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Charles Ballay for prosecution.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.