Poachers fined: For Nashville men charged with possessing 360 white bass (stripe) over the limit have been assessed over $2,094 apiece in fines, court costs and restitution and had their fishing privileges suspended for three years.
They also amassed undisclosed legal fees during the legal process.
The men were identified by the TWRA as Phay Souksavong, 78, Khamnovan Keomanyychan, 60, Kongham Pheneyongsa, 68, and So Akhom, 70.
Their attorney described them as refugees from Laos and claimed they didn’t understand that there is a limit on the number of fish they were allowed to keep.
They were apprehended on March 20 with 420 white bass, while the legal limit is a total of 60. They caught them below Cheatham Dam on standard fishing tackle and lures.
They had loaded the fish in their vehicle and were in the process of leaving the launch parking lot when apprehended by TWRA officer Brad Bagwell.
“This was the first offense for them, but the case was so severe that they got hit pretty hard,” Bagwell said. “I hope this will send the message that we are serious about enforcing creel limits on our fish. The limits are in place to allow more anglers to catch fish and also to provide protection to fish populations.”
The case will be reviewed in Cheatham County General Sessions Court next March to makes sure the fines have been paid and other stipulations complied with.
Poaching hotline: the TWRA encourages anyone with information about potential poaching activity to contact the main office (781-6500) during weekdays, or use a 24-hour hotline (1-800-255-8972).
All tips and other provided information will remain confidential.
Trap shoot winners: Justin Cooper shot his first 50 straight to win last week’s trap shoot at the Cedar City Gun Club.
Ricky Bell won a Class B shootoff with James Anthony, while brothers Kyle and Ryan Goke won Sub-Junior and Junior respectively.
WMA deadline: Applications are being taken for this fall’s elk hunt and other WMA big-game hunts, with a July 24 deadline. Application instruction sheet lists locations for all quote hunts, including the elk hunt, and can be obtained at any TWRA license agent, TWRA office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org
Additional information is available on the TWRA website, or by calling the Nashville TWRA headquarters. After all WMA drawings are conducted, any leftover permits will be sold on-line, starting Aug. 28.
July 24: WMA quota hunt-applications due
July: Trapping & Hunting Guide comes out
August: fall squirrel season opens
Sept.: deer archery season opens
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