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Striped Bass Poachers Hide Fish in Traffic Cones

Long Island, New York – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police officers (ECOs) performed fishing compliance checks in early April that concluded in several striped bass busts. shared this about the busts:

  • April 6, an ECO ticketed seven people for catching and keeping out-of-season striped bass near Caumsett State Park in Suffolk County ahead of the April 15 season opener. ECOs found 16 fish hidden in the sand, and behind logs and brush piles, all measuring from 25 to 35 inches.
  • On April 7, an ECO caught three anglers fishing for striped bass from atop the Bayville Bridge. Anglers hid seven fish inside traffic cones spanning the bridge.
  • On the evenings of April 8 and 9, ECOs seized 10 fish and ticketed seven people for possession of out-of-season striped bass, and three for failing to possess a marine registry.