Tautog Poachers Caught in Cape May, New Jersey

Repeat offenders caught with 27 tautog over the limit, 26 of which were also undersize.

On October 21 in Cape May, DFW Conservation Police Officers Brian Tomlin and Timothy Raker caught three individuals. They had a total of 27 tautog over the limit, 26 of which were also undersize. Two of the individuals in this incident were repeat tautog offenders.

The officers were able to return most of the fish to the water alive.

As a result, the individuals’ fishing gear was seized, and they were issued court appearance mandatory summonses. At the time of the apprehension the legal possession limit for tautog, also called blackfish, was one fish of at least 15” in length.

On November 27, in Lower Township Municipal Court the following judgements were entered.

Guang W. Lin, 45, of Philadelphia, PA entered a guilty plea to a charge of “Possession of seven tautog under legal size,” and two charges of “Possession of six tautog over the legal limit.” A total penalty of $1200 was assessed. This is Guang W. Lin’s third conviction on tautog violations. Two of the three convictions occurred within the past 5 years. He received a statutory two-year suspension of his hunting and freshwater fishing privileges.

David Lin, 52 of Philadelphia, PA entered a guilty plea on one charge of “Take or possess thirteen tautog under legal size” and one charge of “Take or possess twelve marine fish over limit.” A total penalty of $1500 was assessed.

Guang F. Lin, 54, of Philadelphia, PA entered a guilty plea to one charge of “Take or possess six undersized marine fish (tautog).” A penalty of $400 was assessed. This is also Guang F. Lin’s third conviction on tautog violations. Two of the three convictions occurred within the past 5 years. He received a statutory two-year suspension of his hunting and freshwater fishing privileges.

All license suspensions are submitted to the 46 other Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact member states for consideration of reciprocal suspension.

35 on “Tautog Poachers Caught in Cape May, New Jersey

  1. Chris

    Wow I’m sure the 2 year freshwater license suspension will have a huge impact on them!/s

    1. Carl Geiger

      This will deter nothing… 3 time offenders, they need jail time. This isn’t an extra fish taken by mistake, or a misunderstanding of the regulations….
      It’s an entire family poaching.

  2. Francis Cummings

    If they are repeat offenders and are not citizens, they should be deported. If they are citizens, they should serve jail time for repeat offenses. Slaps on the wrist are why there ae repeat offenders.

      1. James

        I see what an intelligent bunch of guy you are, their ignorance over fishing regulations doesn’t warrant your ignorance that just because they are non-white makes them illegals nor US citizens. Just think how even a couple of generations ago Irish and Italians, heck catholics in general even weren’t welcome in many parts of this country.

      2. DAVID MCLAUGHLIN

        First of all, the wall…which is important to have, would not have stopped this.
        The individuals who did the poaching are serial offenders (response to James) and most likely came into the country by plane… not walking in…
        NOT that they didn’t KNOW the limits… they got cited 3 times in 5 years! Which means they probably committed other poaching many times….
        The odds of getting caught the only times they fished is impossible… Shame on them.

      3. EddieS

        What a dumbass post from a trumpflake these are Asians had nothing to do with the wall

  3. Andrew Dzenis

    For 2nd and 3rd time offenders these punishments are far from harsh enough.

    In general, poaching violations need to be far more severe to actually deter people from poaching.

  4. Ken

    Take all their gear (boat, rods, pfd’s, etc.) Throw the poachers in the water, come back to dock and call it a day. Pretty simple.

  5. BrianP

    I thought tog was a saltwater fish why aren’t their saltwater licenses taken as well as fresh and hunting and why aren’t they serving at least 30 days. does PA not have Saltwater licensing?

    1. Bob

      They were caught in NJ, and no, jersey does not have a salt water license.

      1. Pat

        NJ has a saltwater registry that is free of charge but all saltwater anglers are required to register.

      1. BrianP

        my bad I thought they used the Delaware river to go to atlantic and catch tog, I figured if they returned to philly via Delaware river they would have to have a saltwater license.

  6. Paul Long

    A few of thoughts:
    #1. Were they on their own boat? Confiscate it.
    #2. The article says the fish were returned safely. Sounds like they might have been supplying a restaurant with live fish. If restaurants have undersize fish, fine them. Shut down the demand.
    #3. Anyone have pictures of these guys? Keep an eye on them.
    If you see something, report it! Use the DEP Hotline – 877-WARN-DEP

  7. Lou Nemes

    Third time offenders. Not being racist. But I would think
    They are supplying some restaurant with live fish. They must
    be keeping the fish in live bait wells or how else would the authorities
    Be able to return fish live to the ocean.
    Jail time is in order for this abuse of our fisheries!

  8. David CapperNeck

    Did he really say this is why we need a wall? First off WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT A WALL. The only reason we may want a wall would be to put Trump on the other side and never let him back!!

    1. Jim Dodrill

      Thanks for stating your stand on the wall. Please submit my share of tax dollars already confiscated to support illegals.
      GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS.

  9. Evan

    Wow! I thought those fines ($1200 and $1500) were really steep. For these guys, I think the fines will be a real disincentive from doing the same thing (unless a restaurant owner is paying their fines). BTW, who puts their Taug in live wells? I think the police simply fed those fish to the crabs. Their immigration status is totally irrelevant.

  10. Roy

    Having followed many of these tog violations for years. It,s always the asians. And if stating a fact makes me a racist, so be it.

  11. Roy

    Having followed many of these tog violation cases over the years,it,s always the asians. And if stating a fact makes me a racist, so be it.

  12. robert mauriello

    Tog are a very hardy fish. In cold weather they can live several hours.

    1. paul g

      It’s not uncommon to keep togs alive in a live-well if your going to sell them. legit Commercial fish buyers often pay more for live fish from people who legally catch and sell tog.

  13. Drue William Miller

    5 Years caught 3 times, possible 1825 days fishing taking 10 fish each 54750 fish. Just think about it!!!!!!!

  14. Jack Flukemaster

    Gut the jerk offs and throw them in the bay to feed the crabs.

  15. Van

    There’s a demand for under size tautog in the black market. There’s little demand for large size tautog. Fish taste better when they’re small. The same applies towards striped bass. Environmental agencies need to put a cap for large fish! Tho shall not possess tautog over 20”. Tho shall not possess striped bass over 45”.
    End the Striper Cup!

  16. David LaBar

    If that had been a hunter poaching he would have lost his gear , hunting privileges and , a big fine and jail time . this is nothing new , its been going on for years . they will be back next year doing the same thing . Bank on it

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