2 cited in Charlotte County for fishing violations

2 cited in Charlotte County for fishing violations

By John Rinkenbaugh. CREATED Aug 28, 2013

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - A vehicle safety check Tuesday afternoon by Charlotte County Marine Patrol deputies resulted in two Englewood men getting criminal citations for commercial fishing without a license.

Deputies stopped a gray mullet boat in the area of the Boca Grande Causeway in Placida to perform a safety check of the vessel.  The boat's operator, Dean Earl Gray, 44, provided deputies with the vessel's registration and an expired commercial fishing license.

Both Gray and another man onboard, Joseph Richard Chisholm, 52, said they were fishing intending to sell what they caught  Gray showed deputies his fish box which contained about 700 pounds of fish.

Deputies told the two the commercial fishing license was expired and both were cited for commercial fishing without a salt water products license, a second degree felony.

The FWC officer and marine patrol deputies counted 319 mullet weighing 678 pounds, two trout weighing four pounds, two sheepshead weighing four pounds and one jack weighing 1.5 pounds for a total of 687.5 pounds of fish.  All of the fish were seized.