On Dec. 14, 2005, 5th Judicial District Court Judge Glynn Roberts found Robert Simms, 65, of Epps and James Hosea, 42, of Delhi guilty of taking fish illegally. Simms was also found guilty of criminal mischief related to resisting an officer.
On Sept. 13, 2005, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents observed Simms and Hosea using electronic equipment to "shock" fish in Bayou Macon near Epps. When the fish floated to the surface, the subjects used a dip net to retrieve the fish. The two were apprehended and charged with taking fish illegally. An aluminum flat boat with trailer, 25 horsepower outboard engine, 1983 four-wheel drive vehicle, catfish and all gear were seized.
Judge Roberts sentenced each man to six months suspended jail time, one year unsupervised probation with conditions and ordered them to pay $200 plus court costs for taking fish illegally. Hosea lost his hunting privileges for six months while Simms lost hunting and fishing privileges for one year. Simms was also fined $100 for criminal mischief. Simms boat with trailer and 25 horsepower outboard engine were forfeited to LDWF.
In addition, each violator was ordered to contribute $200 to Louisiana Operation Game Thief. To report game and fish violations call the Operation Game Thief hotline number at 1-800-442-2511.
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