Agents arrest fishy fisherman after bayou boat chase
BAYOU DECADE - Agents with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said they arrested a Houma man accused of trying to conceal his catch after a Terrebonne Parish bayou boat chase early Monday morning.
Agents said they first made contact with Charlie Usè, 32, on Bayou DeCade south of Houma when they attempted to stop his vessel for improper navigation lighting shortly after 6 a.m. As they approached, agents said they saw the man dump several redfish into the water before he cranked the motor and took off.
Agents chased Usè for a mile before the fishy fisherman gave up and allowed authorities to board his 18-foot vessel.
After a search of Usè's boat, LDWF agents determined that the man had more than 10 redfish in his possession and some of them were under the legal size set by state law. Usè admitted to dumping undersized redfish back into the bayou during questioning, according to one of the arresting agents, Lt. Joe Arnaud of LDWF.
Charlie Usè was arrested and booked into Terrebonne Parish Prison on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, careless operation of a vessel, taking or possessing more than 10 redfish, taking or possessing undersized redfish, no navigation lights, intentional concealment of fish. He will also face fines and possible jail time for fishing without a license.
In total, Usè's offenses will land him a minimum $3,500 in fines and could send him to jail for more than five years.
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