Officers for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission busted fishermen for too many panfish in Gulf County last month.
Officer McMillion was on patrol in the Apalachicola Wildlife and Environmental Area near the Saul’s Creek Boat Ramp, when he observed a vessel approaching with two subjects on board. McMillion approached the two men and asked them if they had caught any fish.
The individuals opened their cooler which was full of fish. McMillion asked the two men how many they had caught and they said they didn’t know. As the officer began counting the panfish, one of the two men said, “I’ll save you some time. There are more than a hundred in the cooler.”
McMillion counted a total of 139 panfish, which is 39 fish over the daily bag limit. Citations were issued to both subjects for possession of over the bag limit of panfish.