March 16, 2009
Friday the 13th proved unlucky for four South Carolina anglers when a Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officer seized their entire
catch of 1,268 freshwater fish. The case is believed to be the largest of its
kind ever filed in Polk County by the FWC.
Veteran FWC officer Jim Adams received an anonymous tip that led him to seize
1,264 shellcrackers, one warmouth, one spotted sunfish and two undersize
largemouth bass from the group of out-of-state anglers fishing on Lake
Kissimmee. Each angler is allowed 50 panfish per day, with a maximum of two
days' bag limit in possession. Possession limit violations are a second-degree
misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.