A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 16.
Sgt. Adam Young cited Lee W. Pierce, 38, and Clay W. Mazyck Jr., 42, both of New Orleans, for taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout in the Jefferson Lake Diversion in Point a la Hache.
After receiving a complaint and conducting surveillance in the area, Sgt. Young observed the two men actively fishing and then leaving the area. Sgt. Young stopped them at the boat launch and found them in possession of 99 spotted seatrout and 15 red drum. The daily limit for spotted sea trout is 25 per person per day, and the daily limit for red drum is 5 fish per person per day.
"This time of year agents spend most of their time in the woods monitoring hunting activity. However, this case and others like it prove why it is important to continue to have a presence on the water enforcing fishing regulations in the fall and winter months," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.
Taking over the daily limit of red drum and spotted sea trout each carry a maximum fine of $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs for each offense. In addition, both men could be required to pay civil restitution for the illegally taken fish.
All of the fish were seized and donated to charity as per department policy.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.