This report represents some events the FWC handled Oct. 27_ Nov. 2 in the North Central Region. (There were no cases reported for Wakulla County or the Northwest Region.)
- Officers N. Basford and Brady were on patrol in St. Andrews Bay when they observed a vessel returning from fishing. The vessel was stopped to conduct a resource inspection. During the inspection, an undersized triggerfish was located. One of the occupants on the vessel stated it was their fish. A citation was issued for possession of undersized triggerfish.
Officers N. Basford and Brady were on patrol in St. Andrews Bay when they observed a vessel returning from fishing. The vessel was stopped to conduct a resource inspection. During the inspection, three red grouper were located. The season for red grouper is closed. Two of the occupants on the vessel stated the fish were theirs. A citation was issued to both individuals for possession of red grouper during closed season.
Officer Hartzog was conducting night patrol on East Bay and observed an individual throwing a cast net along the shoreline and harvesting shrimp. Officer Hartzog stopped the individual to conduct a resource inspection. During the inspection, Officer Hartzog observed the subject to be in possession of several pounds of wild shrimp harvested in a prohibited area. The individual was identified as a commercial angler who had multiple previous violations. The officer addressed the violation appropriately.
Officer J. Carr saw a truck with a light being shown out of the passenger side window illuminating a farm field. He conducted a traffic stop and found two subjects with three loaded rifles. Both subjects were charged with night hunting.
Officer H. Forehand was on patrol conducting resource and boating safety inspections at a local boat ramp. While checking the safety equipment of one vessel he found a five-foot alligator that had been shot hidden in a dry box. He also found a rifle in the dry box. The subject was charged with illegal take of an alligator.