Release Date: 10/17/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited an Orleans Parish resident on Oct. 7 for allegedly taking over the limit of red drum and undersized red drum. 

Anthony Earl, 46, of New Orleans, was cited after agents found the man in possession of 21 red drum.  Agents saw Earl fishing recreationally with a rod and reel.  Agents witnessed Earl toss fish into the water after approaching him to perform a compliance check.

A search of the area resulted in finding 21 red drum located in a garbage bag filled with ice.  All of the fish were measured and determined to be under the legal size limit of 16 inches.  The daily limit on red drum is five fish per person.  All 21 red drum were seized and donated to charity.

Taking or possessing undersized red drum and taking over the limit of red drum each carry a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.  In addition to the penalties, a fine of $25 per fish less than 16 inches and revocation of any and all fishing licenses for one to three years may also be imposed.

Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agents Jason Russo and Kris Bourgeois.

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