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Live Oak man cited for taking too many bass

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

A Live Oak man has been charged with taking too many black bass at the Eagle Lake Fish Management Area in Hamilton County on Jan. 23.

Sabino R. Fuentes (DOB 08/29/79) received the citation for taking game fish by an illegal method, going over the bag limit of black bass and possession of undersized black bass, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

FWC Officer Harold Barry was conducting freshwater fisheries inspections at Eagle Lake when he saw Fuentes using a cast net to catch the fish. Regulations state freshwater game fish may be taken only with pole and line or rod and reel.

Fuentes had caught and kept 23 black bass and eight bream. Twenty-one of the bass were undersized. In Eagle Lake, black bass less than 12 inches long must be released immediately, and the legal bag limit is five fish.  

The fish were released back into the lake and the cast net was seized.

All three charges are second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail.

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