Striped Bass Poacher Busted

For Release: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Striped Bass Poaching – Rockland County

On Jan. 30, ECO Maxwell Nicols received a tip reporting illegal Striped Bass fishing taking place at the Haverstraw Marina in West Haverstraw. ECO Andrew Kostuk assisted as Nicols conducted surveillance along the Hudson River by foot. One subject was seen catching bass and hiding them in the tall grass along the beach. ECO Nicols was unable to catch up to the man when he took the garbage bags containing the fish to his car. However, ECO Kostuk was able to stop the subject’s vehicle as it attempted to leave the parking lot. Six Striped Bass were found in the vehicle, and the fisherman was charged with the possession of Striped Bass out of season. The charges are returnable to the Town of Haverstraw Court.


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  1. Mark

    Need to call in the guys fishing the Hudson off the West Side and Battery Park in Manhattan. They are all poachers.

  2. Shawn

    Thank you guys for catching people like this who dont obey the law and think they will get away with it. Keep up the good work.

  3. Roman

    Great jobs guys!! Now it’s time for the dumb judges to do their part. No slap on the wrist, make it count and set examples.

  4. Huffy

    Hope he fed his family. Nothing like watching a commercial guy throw 40 plus stripers dead at us in Raritan Bay dead .all breeders. Yes that means cows ..assholes.

    • J warren

      Do you really think they wanted to throw those fish back ? The SBF makes hard working commercial fisherman look bad. And idiotic sporties like you blame the commercial fisherman . Think about it ,.,,,,

  5. Harry aiken

    Great work lock them all up take their listens for ever h w a director del Nobel sport fisehermen

  6. C.C

    I really don’t get it. What a bunch of idiots. Like Roman stated, I hope they don’t get a slap on the wrist. Too many poachers get away with light fines… Lawyers always seem to get it reduced.

  7. Shayam sooklal

    Great job and I hope there will be more of you guys this season. It kills me to see people catching illegal fish. There’s a big difference between an angler and a person catching fish

  8. Wickedsmahtkid

    Catch and release people.
    It is the best way to go.
    Take one fish per season maybe.
    Think about it. If (almost) everyone did that, OH! The fishing would be incredible in just a few years.

  9. JRP

    ThankYOU you need to catch more of them not only on the Hudson but other major water ways. Give Big poachers not only heavy fines (what is money) but time . We need more EOC officers. These ECO ‘a but there life’s on the line when dealing with them the big poachers

  10. Sandy Neck

    More people need to understand how vital it is for all of us to practice conservation. I shudder to think how much illegal and illicit activity of this nature goes unreported. This is a start, but we all need to do our part!

  11. DonC

    Great job. We need to be alert and report abusers when we see them.
    I have the Environmental Police number in my phone favorites for quick calling. I have reported a number of people with undersized fish at the Cape Cod Canal the past couple of years.

  12. drbombay

    Now if we could get our states enviromental officers to start going after people who do things like this and poggie boats that are fishing in prohibited areas my fishing for stripers would be a lot better. Instead of having their trucks parked at home or working OT at MDC swimming pools.

  13. Bill Baccaro

    Nice job guys, keep it up. On a lighter note about Hudson River stripers, my daughter recently moved to Beacon NY. I striper fish in CT now but would like to fish there when I visit her. Anybody have any advice about striper fishing in Beacon?

  14. Bruce

    I agree the fines are too light. The officers should confiscate gear, boats, vehicles. Whatever it takes to send a message

  15. Ken

    These guys will just keep on doing it. It doesn’t matter if you fine them, give them jail time, or revoke their fishing licenses, they don’t care.

  16. celeste

    I have seen far too many fishermen taking shorts of all species as well as taking them out of season. I have NO problem with calling the DEM immediately to alert them. But I am told that here in Rhode Island we have only 28 officers to patrol the entire state night and day. We may be the smallest state but we have the most coastline. Wouldn’t it make sense to raise the fines across the board thereby generating more revenue (through fines) with which to hire additional officers? I also feel that if you are caught in the act your fishing license should be revoked for at least a year if not forever. You have, after all, BROKEN THE LAW which is in place to protect the balance of nature. I am grateful to the officers who truly care about the environment. But it is up to all of us to support their efforts by reporting these violations.

  17. ptok

    OTW.. keep these stories coming. Hats off to all our fisheries officers. Why not start going after these peoples actual drivers licensees as well. Can’t drive can’t fish!
    To all the judges. our officers risk there lives everyday , do not take that away and throw the book at all the 2nd or more law breakers!


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