Two poachers are facing a myriad of charges after NJ Conservation Police caught them trying to offload their illegal catch at a private dock on March 30th. The two men were fishing at night, and according to a New Jersey DFW press release, “drew attention to themselves when officers observed them running their vessel at high rates of speed from various fishing locations under the cover of darkness and fog without any navigation lights.”
At the time of the arrests and seizures, “Atlantic striped bass retention limits were one fish from 28-inches to less than 43-inches and one fish at 43-inches or greater per person.” The men were caught with 66 Striped Bass, all under 24 inches.
According to On the Water Magazine, “The men, who were not identified, face a penalty of $100 per fish, or potentially $12,800 for each angler, authorities said. Officials say the men were additionally charged with the unsafe operation of a vessel, operating a power vessel without valid registration, and failing to have appropriate vessel safety gear.”
The NJ Conservation Officers seized the poachers’ fishing equipment and are seeking the forfeiture of the gear due to the severity of the poachers’ actions. The seized fish were donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission.
For more info, check out this article from On the Water!