Annapolis, Md. – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged two commercial fisherman with striped bass violations during the commercial hook and line and pound net season. The pound net season opened on June 1 and the commercial hook and line season opened June 7.
On June 7, at 7 a.m., NRP charged Dolan Lee Hurley, 67, of Cambridge, Md., with failure to tag striped bass within 200 yards of his pound net. While patrolling the area of Cooks point in the Choptank River, officers boarded a commercial fishing vessel, stopped over 1,000 yards from the pound net, and located 500 pounds of untagged stripped bass.
On June 7, at 7:45 a.m., NRP charged Robert Hodge Newberry, 52, of Crumpton, Md., with possessing undersize striped bass, fishing for striped bass without a commercial hook and line allocation card and possessing untagged commercially caught striped bass. While patrolling the area of the Chesapeake Bay near Sharps Island, officers boarded the commercial fishing vessel Open Ticket and located13 untagged striped bass and two undersize striped bass.
Both men are scheduled for trial August 17 in the District Court of Maryland for Dorchester County.
Sgt. A.A. Windemuth