May 17, 2017
A day after we reported about a similar incident in Georgia, Texas officials said Wednesday they busted suspected poachers using a cast net to catch more than 200 gamefish.
For the second time this week, a report from a state wildlife agency tells the story of suspected poaching with cast nets.
Earlier this week, Game & Fish posted a report from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources about the arrests of four men who had allegedly poached around 120 gamefish with cast nets at Lake Oconee, located in the central part of the state.
Wednesday night, Texas Game Wardens said on Facebook that a similar incident happened there; more than 200 illegal fish were seized. The incident also involved four men, none of whom had licenses.
According to the Texas agency:
Responding to a tip from an Operation Game Thief call, a Tarrant County game warden caught four men fishing with a cast net and keeping game fish in violation of state fishing laws.
The men were in possession of 130 crappie, 64 yellow bass, 8 black bass, and 37 perch [239 total]. About 50 of the crappie and bass were undersized.
None of the men had fishing licenses. The fish were cleaned and donated. Multiple cases filed.
The post did not say at which lake the men were caught.
— Reposted from Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook