Fisherman arrested for illegal mullet fishing in Alligator Creek

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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 7:53 am | Updated: 9:36 am, Mon May 5, 2014.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Marine Patrol officers arrested a Punta Gorda man last week on charges of conducting commercial fishing operations in Alligator Creek.

According to the report, one of the deputies assigned to the Marine Patrol Unit was off duty on December 31 in his personal vessel when he saw 36-year-old Jeffrey May in a commercial fishing vessel using a commercial mullet cast net in the Alligator Creek area. 

Commercial fishing is not allowed in Alligator Creek.

As a member of the Marine Patrol Unit, the deputy indicated he knew May by sight.  Since the deputy was off-duty, he did not approach May.  He did attempt to call for another marine unit, but there were no marine officers in the area at the time.

May was located on Thursday January 9 and arrested for the incident the deputy witnessed.  May was charged with Violation of FWC Game Fish Rules and Violation of Probation.  He was released on a total $16,500 bond.

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