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Palm Beach Co. man charged with spearing, taking snook out of season

News Release

Friday, August 26, 2011

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

A Palm Beach County man faces several charges after he was caught earlier this week with 10 speared snook. Snook are a strictly regulated marine fish.

Working on a tip Tuesday, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) learned that three men were spearing snook off the south jetty of the Lake Worth Inlet. FWC officers, along with Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies, responded and found two speared snook nestled in the jetty rocks. Additionally, officers found a garbage bag containing eight speared snook in the bushes.

Juan Cabrales (DOB 06/07/70) of Greenacres was charged with possession of snook during closed season, spearing snook, spearfishing in a prohibited area and no dive flag displayed, among other charges. Charges are pending against the other two men.

Snook season has been closed on the Atlantic coast since Dec. 15, 2010. It will reopen Sept. 1. Snook may be taken only by hook and line, and only one snook per person is allowed per day. Additionally, snook harvested from the Atlantic must not be less than 28 inches or greater than 32 inches in length.

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You can anonymously report violations of fish and wildlife laws to Wildlife Alert. Call 888-404-FWCC, or #FWC or *FWC by cell phone. You could earn a cash reward.

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