On November 24, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged Jerome William Janda, Jr., 55, from Tilghman, Md. with multiply striped bass (rockfish) violations after an investigation relating to illegal fishing activities in the Tilghman area.
On November 10 at approximately 2:35 a.m., NRP officers observed Janda Jr. and his fishing vessel exit Knapp’s Narrows without using his navigational lights and proceed to a pound net located on the south side of Poplar Island, Talbot County. The officers observed the occupants of the vessel fish the pound net and then docked at Lowes Wharf.
At approximately 4:00 a.m., the officers confronted Janda Jr. and the two other occupants on the vessel, Jerome William Janda, 3rd, 28, from Tilghman, and Burton Robert Curtis, 25, of an unknown address. The officers found the individuals loading untagged striped bass onto a truck. The Officers seized the 2,731 pounds of untagged rockfish.