Man arrested for poaching 153 black sea bass

t1200-IMG_2296A Rhode Island man fishing out of season was out of luck after being busted with 153 black sea bass at Mattapoisett Town Wharf on Wednesday. Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jill Simmons became suspicious of Belmiro Baptista, 65, of Patwucket, Rhode Island after helping him attach his boat to his truck. Baptista told her he had a commercial fishing license and was fishing for scup. He also told her he caught five or six sea bass, “for eat,” said the Portuguese native. He later said he had eight bass. Simmons, unsure if sea bass were in season, called the Department of Marine Fisheries and the Massachusetts Environmental Police, who told her that the fish were not, in fact, in season for recreational fishing until Saturday, May 21. Even if it had been the correct season, Baptista did not have a recreational saltwater license. The commercial season for the fish begins Aug. 1. Read the rest here 17:12

  • DickyG

    Dale Jones.

    • Joel Hovanesian

      THE SEVERELY ENDANGERED BLACK SEA BASS. HANDCUFFED THIS BIG CRIMINAL. WHAT A TRAVESTY.
      IF WE HAD REAL SCIENCE THIS GUY WOULD NOT BE IN TROUBLE AT ALL. WE WOULD HAVE LIMITS THAT REFLECT THE MASSIVE BIOMASS OF THESE PREDATORY FISH. #REGULATORYFOOLS