A Worcester man was arraigned on two marine fishing violations in Falmouth District Court on Tuesday, May 28.
The Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested Carlos L. Rosado Jr., 36, of Worcester, on Monday, May 27, for possession of 11 undersized striped bass.
Falmouth Marine & Environmental Services Deputy Director R. Charles Martinsen III and environmental police Officer Scott Opie responded to the Tides Motel parking lot on Clinton Avenue at 7:30 AM on Monday, where a fisherman was allegedly poaching striped bass.
According to Officer Opie’s report, the fisherman, Mr. Rosado, confirmed that he had been saltwater fishing for recreational purposes and had caught several striped bass.
“I asked Rosado if he knew how many striped bass he was allowed to retain, and if so, how long they had to be,” Officer Opie said. “Rosado stated ‘I believe you can keep one, and I think they need to be 28 inches.’ “
Fishermen in Massachusetts must have a recreational saltwater fishing permit and may only retain one striped bass within any 24-hour period and can only retain striped bass that are at least 28 inches long.
According to his report, Officer Opie measured the 11 striped bass caught by Mr. Rosado, and found they ranged in size from 19 to 22 inches. Mr. Rosado was arrested for possession of these 11 undersized striped bass. His fishing rod, reel and tackle box were seized as evidence.
“It should be noted Martinsen donated the undersized striped bass to the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club,” Officer Opie wrote.
Mr. Rosado pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He will return to court on July 18 for a pretrial hearing. He was released on personal recognizance.