FWC Law Enforcement Report

August 30, 2018

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the period ending Augst 16 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


Officer McHenry received information regarding a subject who was catching undersized Spanish mackerel at Fort Pickens. He responded to the area and found the subject in possession of seven undersized Spanish mackerel. Officer McHenry learned that the subject had a local warrant out of Escambia County. Officer McHenry cited the individual for undersized Spanish mackerel and transported him to the Escambia County Jail for the warrant.


Officers Hutchinson and Mullins were patrolling on the Escambia River concentrating on illegal fishing activity when they saw a freshly set bush hook that was baited with a live bream and not identified as required with the owner’s name and address. They continued patrolling and located several more similar lines baited with bream. They hid their patrol vessel and waited until just before daylight when they heard a boat approaching. They saw the operator of the boat check all the lines. The officers stopped the vessel to address the violation. The operator admitted to baiting the lines with bream despite knowing that it was illegal. The officers issued him a notice to appear citation for using bream for bait and fishing with untagged bush hooks.

Officer Roberson was on land patrol when he received information regarding a subject operating an ATV near Burnt Grocery Creek in Yellow River Wildlife Management Area. Officer Roberson located the subject and ran his information through dispatch. The subject’s information came back with a warrant out of Santa Rosa County. Officer Roberson received confirmation of the warrant and instructed the subject to put his hands behind his back because he was under arrest for the warrant. The subject refused multiple times and fled on foot. The subject crossed a creek and took off in a vehicle. The suspect was arrested a few days later by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office for the same warrant. The suspect was issued multiple citations by Officer Roberson at the Santa Rosa County Jail.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.

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2 Responses to “FWC Law Enforcement Report”

  1. Question on August 30th, 2018 11:05 pm

    FWC Question! What is the penalty for someone checking your Identified name and address bush hooks?
    Question what happens if someone else puts a live bream on your bush hook that has your name and address on it ?
    I’ve had my name tags pulled off and lines cut at the limbs in the last few mouths..

    Question if I’m doing everything the way your rule says who is patrolling my rights to protect me?
    They are not going to tell you at the landing they have been checking other peoples lines because they stick out like a swore thumb for all Humanity to see now.

    Question if im using a 3 alt hook with a live minniow on it will a BREAM and BASS eat him? And If you check it first I’m I Illegal?

  2. juat sayin on August 30th, 2018 1:21 pm

    An idiot in Tallahassee came up with the rule of not being able to use live bait on a set hook or trot line.

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