Game Warden Blotter
Tales about “hunters” gone bad and “anglers” with a few too many fish in the bag are all too common – but never the same. Each one has its own wrinkles and its own unique bit of stupidity or ignorance.
FISHERMAN REPORTS OTHERS KEEPING SMALL FISH
A local fisherman notified Nueces County game wardens of several individuals catching and keeping undersized red drum at the Packery Channel. After locating the individuals and inspecting their cooler, several undersized fish were located, including eight undersized red drum, one undersized black drum and one undersized snook. The individuals were given warnings for no fishing licenses and were cited for the undersized fish.
TOO MANY TROUT
While on patrol, Nueces County game wardens encountered three individuals fishing. Each person had a limit of spotted seatrout plus five more for a total of 20 fish. After interviewing the fishermen, it was discovered that only two of them had a valid fishing license. A total of 10 fish were seized. Citations pending.
SPEARING THE WRONG FISH
A Uvalde County game warden observed several individuals spearfishing a variety of gamefish. Citations were issued for fishing by illegal means and methods and no fishing license. The fish were donated to people in need.
GROUP CAUGHT CATCHING, FILLETING SEA TURTLES
Cameron County game wardens received an Operation Game Thief call of multiple individuals at the East Cut catching, killing and filleting sea turtles. Contact was made with the suspect vehicle near South Padre Island. After interviewing the occupants and a search of the vehicle, two sea turtle shells were found. Wardens then headed up the beach to make contact with the rest of the party responsible for catching and killing the turtles. NOAA agents were notified and a federal investigation is pending.
WAY TOO MANY RED SNAPPER IN CLOSED SEASON
A vessel coming in from the Gulf of Mexico near Port Aransas was contacted by San Patricio and Nueces County game wardens. During the inspection, 10 bags of filleted snapper totaling 25 fish, 15 whole red snapper, and one kingfish were found. It was determined that all the fishing allegedly occurred in federal waters, which was closed for snapper fishing at the time.