Three Charged for Striped Bass Possession Closed Season
NANTICOKE- Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged three recreational anglers Sunday for possessing striped bass in the Nanticoke River near Nanticoke.
Michael A. Nibblett, 33, of Delmar, Md., Jason W. Nibblett, 23, and Craig A. LeBarron, 23, both from Laurel, Del. were each issued citations for Taking Striped Bass During Closed Season. LeBarron was also arrested on outstanding warrants from the NRP and the Salisbury City Police.
The anglers? boat, a 19-foot Grady White, all fishing equipment and three female striped bass measuring 30 to 32 inches in length were seized as evidence. The fish were donated to a temporary housing shelter in Salisbury. The charges have a maximum fine of $500 per fish for first-time offenders. In addition, Natural Resources law allows an additional penalty of $1,500 per fish for first time offenders, for a violation concerning the taking of or creel limits for striped bass.
NRP reminds the public that the recreational striped bass spring season opens on Saturday, April 16 and runs through Sunday, May 15. The creel limit is one striped bass per person per day and a minimum size limit of 28 inches, no maximum. The location of the fishing area is the Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Maryland-Virginia Line. Excluding all bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers, except Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound. For more information on Maryland fishing regulations, visit the DNR Web site.