More details are emerging about Tuesday’s jaw-dropping bust of a man allegedly fishing for salmon in the Strait of Juan de Fuca with five more lines out than allowed, six barbed hooks and with eight more fish on board than permitted — including five off-limits wild kings and wild coho.
“I’ve been on the marine unit since 2007. I’ve done thousands of boardings in that time. I’ve never seen somebody run that kind of gear off of a recreational boat,” Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Eric Munger told the Peninsula Daily News in a story out this morning. “It was set up like a commercial operation using recreational gear.”
The paper reports the man is a 74-year-old Kitsap County resident who “didn’t say a whole lot” during the inspection around 1 p.m. by deputies and WDFW Officer Bryan Davidson 4 miles offshore.
His 23-foot Maxum Cabin Cruiser along with two downriggers he was running a regular fishing line and five commercial flasher-lure combos were seized.
“It was extremely egregious,” Sgt. Kit Rosenberger told the paper.
The ten salmon were all donated to the Port Angeles Senior Center.
The man also faces several thousand dollars in criminal and civil penalties if convicted. After WDFW wraps up its investigation, it will forward recommended charges to the Clallam County Prosecutors Office.
The matter will then be handled by a district court in Forks, according to the Daily News.