'Shocking Devices' Seized in Illegal Catfish Case
July 31, 2018
Officers in Louisiana seized 40 illegal fish in an investigation of men suspected of catfish poaching.
Three Louisiana men face charges for allegedly using "shocking devices" to catch catfish on the Ouachita River near Columbia.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the men were cited for "taking fish illegally by using a shocking device," along with fishing and taking fish without a license; one of the men faces several boat violations.
Agents seized 40 catfish, a 14-foot boat and shocking devices. The agency did not say what kind of electronic devices were used.
The citations were connected to reported incidents on July 23 and 25.
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State agents began an investigation after complaints of people shocking up gamefish in the area on those two days. On the 25th, surveillance was set up and revealed two of the men in a boat actively fishing with a shocking device. The men were found with the catfish and two shocking devices. One of the men admitted to the same activity with the third suspect on July 23.
In Louisiana, taking fish illegally can bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense. Fishing without a fishing license, failing to comply with PFD requirements, and operating a vessel without a registration each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
Naked and Impaired
A game warded in Johnson County, Texas, was about to launch his patrol boat onto Lake Pat Cleburne when he saw a car parked near the boat ramp, facing the water. Being a popular area for bank fishermen, the warden approached to check for fishing compliance, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Instead, he found two unclothed individuals inside the car and, in plain view, a glass pipe with an off-white substance commonly used to smoke methamphetamine sitting on the center console. Both subjects were ordered to put their clothing on and were removed from the vehicle. The warden discovered various drug paraphernalia and narcotics, and arrested both individuals. The cases are pending.
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Snapchat Leads to Charges
In New York earlier this month, a viral Snapchat video post showing a snapping turtle being struck and killed with a pick axe went viral and drew the attention of DEC law enforcement. On July 7, a state officer located and interviewed the suspect, who said he killed the turtle because he felt it threatened his sister and dog.
The man had a valid hunting license, but snapping turtle season had closed, and a pick axe is considered an illegal method of taking. He was summoned for taking small game out of season and illegal method, He faces a $500 fine, plus court costs.
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