Striped Bass Poachers Caught with Gill Net In Hudson River

It never fails, this time of year greedy poachers with zero respect for fisheriers management took it upon themselves to take what they thought was fair. But gill netting striped bass is illegal in this state. My hat is off to the retired trooper that dropped the dime on them.
On May 7, a retired New York State Trooper fishing on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge observed a gill net with several striped bass being hauled into a small vessel. When the boat returned to Charles Rider Park Boat Launch, the retired Trooper relayed the information to the Town of Ulster Police Department (UPD). UPD Officer Michael Miller identified the vessel and interviewed the boat operator until ECO Jason Smith arrived on scene. Two of the officers officers located a gill net hidden in the boat that contained 24 striped bass, 12 herring, three white perch, and two yellow bullhead. The gill net operator was issued tickets for taking fish by means other than angling and taking striped bass out of slot size. In addition  he was cited for taking striped bass over the allowable limit and  taking herring over the allowable limit.  The perp was also cited for failing to carry a marine registry.

ECO and local law enforcement officer stand with fish lined up on the pavement in front of them

ECO Jason Smith and UPD Officer Michael Miller with illegal gill net and illegally taken fish

a tangled mess of netting, plastic jugs, and fish

Illegal gill net used to catch striped bass, herring, white perch, and yellow bullhead


Off-Duty Lieutenant Alerts On-Duty ECOs on Easter

Off-Duty Lieutenant Alerts On-Duty ECOs on Easter – Suffolk County
On April 26, ECOs Evan Laczi and Landon Simmons caught two men in possession of five undersized striped bass on a beach in the town of Brookhaven after receiving a tip from off-duty officer Lt. Matt Blaising, who was enjoying a day at the beach with his family on Easter Sunday. Lt. Blaising provided a great description, location, and even a picture of one of the men. The fishermen were each charged with taking undersized striped bass and possession over the limit of striped bass, with the tickets returnable to the Suffolk First District Court.