Illegally harvesting Florida’s most important freshwater sport fish is serious business, as one Putnam County man found out Monday. He is charged with 141 counts of illegal fishing activity involving largemouth bass and a few other species. Each count is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Paul Aaron Griste (DOB 02/15/78) of Palatka was booked into the Marion County Jail Monday on $24,750 bond after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Dana Klein found illegally caught Bass, blue crab and bream onboard his boat.
He was sentanced to Second-degree misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine per count.
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Capt.Paul Pleuso Reporting