Natural Resources Police made quite a catch this morning on the Eastern Shore — what they described as an illegal net filled with three tons of rock fish. And while not all crime involves guns and drugs, I couldn’t help but note the poaching sting was at “Bloody Point.”
The Baltimore Sun’s outdoor writer, Candus Thomson (see her Outdoors Girl blog), said in her story: blog), said in her story:
It is believed to be the largest illegal netting of striped bass in a quarter of a century. The haul, with a market value of about $15,000, was so large that the 25-foot patrol boat had to radio the 73-foot buoy tender M/V J.C. Widener to help pull up the catch.
“My gosh, I did not expect this many fish,” said Cpl. Roy Rafter, a veteran officer who spearheaded the operation that began Monday afternoon and continued overnight. “It’s overwhelming.”
You might remember Thomson’s report from December on a bust of the biggest poaching ring in Chesapeake Bay history.