FWC cites 3 for illegal fishing off Anna Maria Island

June 1, 2014 

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MANATEE — Two Florida Wildlife Commissioner officers were reportedly patrolling near Bean Point this week when they stopped a fishing boat coming in from offshore for a boating safety inspection.

After conducting a fisheries inspection, two gag grouper and one red grouper were checked. One unnamed suspect was cited for possession of gag grouper out of season and issued a written warning for possession of undersized gag grouper, which measured 20 and 21 inches in length. The other unnamed suspect was cited for possession of undersized red grouper (16 inches in length).

Later in the Anna Maria Island area, a person wading in the water was reportedly seen untying his stringer, which was recovered with a 31-inch redfish. The unnamed individual was cited for possession of oversized redfish.

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