Three Jefferson Parish Men Caught With 62 Red Drum

Release Date: 09/26/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged fishing violations on Sept. 21 in Lafitte.

Agents cited Rickie Thomas, 57, of Westwego, Leon Firven, 56, and Willie Langford, 80, both of Avondale, for taking or possessing over the limit of red drum and possessing undersized red drum.  Additionally Firven was cited for angling without basic and saltwater licenses.

Agents received a complaint about people catching over the limit of red drum in The Pen, which is a body of water east of Lafitte.  The agents stopped the men in their vessel as they were leaving the complaint area returning to the launch and found them in possession of 62 red drum with some of those being undersized.

The regulations for red drum are five per person per day with a 16 inch minimum length of which only one can be over 27 inches long.

Due to the men being 47 red drum over the legal limit, taking or possessing over the limit red drum is elevated to a Class Four violation, which carries a penalty of $400 to- $950 in fines and up to 120 days in jail or both plus court cost and revocation of fishing licenses.

Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries a penalty of $100 to $350 in fines and up to 60 days in jail or both plus court costs.  Angling without a basic license and saltwater license both bring penalties of $50 in fines and up to 15 days in jail or both plus court costs.

In addition to the fines, the men will be charged a civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish in the amount of $1,315.60.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Tim Fox and Senior Agent Mitchel Saunders.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.