Bass poachers from NYC hit with $2,425 in fines Reports— A trio of bass poachers who were nabbed by state Environmental Conservation officers for catching and keeping out-of-season smallmouth bass on a Catskill reservoir for purposes of selling them in New York City ended up paying a hefty price for their actions.

The men — Le Ming Mai, 35; Hua K. Yu, 54, and Zhong-Hua Chen, 49, all from Brooklyn — pleaded guilty in Town of Hurley Court in Ulster County on Dec. 3 to charges including taking black bass out of season and illegal commercialization of protected wildlife. They paid fines totaling $2,425.

The three were nabbed April 26 when Conservation Officers Jason Smith and Lucas Palmateer charged the men at the Ashokan Reservoir after finding them with 35 smallmouth bass affixed to a stringer and hidden on the shoreline. The regular bass fishing season this year opened June 15. Prior to that, only catch and release fishing for small and largemouth fishing was allowed in most areas of the state.

According to the DEC, “two of the defendant’s vehicles were fitted with ‘live tanks’ to transport the fish, with one vehicle registered to a retail fish market in New York City.”

All three were charged with failing to wear personal flotation devices and trespassing. One didn’t have a fishing license.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection also revoked access permits and boat permits for the NYC reservoir system for all three individuals.



One Reply to “Bass poachers from NYC hit with $2,425 in fines”

  1. Yeah! Apparently, New York State Environmental Conservation Officers have caught themselves a stringer of the voracious Peopleopolis Idiotus Fish, more commonly known as, the Stupidsillyus. Reports have shown, this dangerous invasive species continues to spread across North America. Once thought to be extinct, the Stupidsillyus has caused the population of many species of sports fish to dwindle to alarming numbers, harmed or destroyed fish habitat and become an over all nuisance to law abiding Anglers.

    Canadian Officials are asking Anglers everywhere, if they spot an Stupidsillius anywhere in their area to please call the M.N.R.F. Infractions Hotline at 1-877-847-7667.

    Doing your part in curtailing the spread of this voracious Stipidsillyus Fish will ensure future fishing opportunities for all.

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