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Thursday, 21 November 2013 08:29

Stupid is as stupid does!

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Louis Castro poses with 8 illegal redfish on Facebook Louis Castro poses with 8 illegal redfish on Facebook

I always find it satisfying when criminals get caught and find it even more satisfying when criminals get caught by their own stupidity! Meet Louis Castro, a 30 year old Texas resident who loves fishing and sharing photos of himself on Facebook.

So where does the stupidity part of this story come in? Castro decided to heck with the bag limit of three redfish per day between 20 and 28 inches and only one longer than 28 inches with a tag. He decided to keep eight over 28 inches. If that wasn’t enough to label this poacher as a moron the evidence ends up being uploaded to Facebook with the quote “just for fun”!

Luckily the public quickly reported the image to Cameron County game wardens that arrested him several days later.

Below is the full press release by Texas Parks and Wildlife.


AUSTIN – A South Texas man has pled guilty to nine charges of possession of oversized red drum, one charge of no saltwater fishing license, and one charge of exceeding the possession limit for red drum.

The investigation leading to the filing of charges against 30-year-old Luis Castro began with a Facebook post showing a man holding a large red drum with eight other oversize drum on display in the bed of a pickup truck. (The bag limit for redfish is three per day, and they must be between 20 and 28 inches. Only one redfish longer than that can be kept, and only with a properly completed redfish tag attached to it.)

On Nov. 1, game wardens in Cameron County were contacted about the Facebook picture, which had originally been placed on line by Castro’s brother. Accompanying the image was the comment, “just for fun.”

Game wardens ended up receiving multiple complaints regarding the Facebook post. TPWD dispatchers and game wardens were able to review records which eventually resulted in the positive identification of Castro and his place of employment.

On Nov. 6, game wardens interviewed Castro and obtained a signed written statement. Five days later, Willacy County Justice of the Peace George Solice issued an arrest warrant for Castro and game wardens arrested him the same day. Following arraignment, he was released with a court date of Nov. 19.

“Anglers on several social media sites were posting negative comments, and a day after the picture was originally posted, it was removed,” said Game Warden Maj. Alan Teague. “However, the picture had been saved by many anglers and reposted.”

Teague said the picture made it to fishing groups as far away as Florida.

“With tips from anglers and hard work by our game wardens and dispatchers, we were able to track the individual to a city in South Texas,” Teague said.

During sentencing, Justice of the Peace Solice noted how important recreational fishing is to the people in Willacy County which includes Port Mansfield.  Before sentencing Castro, the judge pointed out that there are people in the county whose livelihood depends upon the quality and future of recreational fishing.

“It was an obscene number of fish that you caught,” the judge said to the defendant.  “We are all living paycheck-to-paycheck but none of us are going hungry.  It was completely unnecessary to take that many fish.”

Castro was fined $2,600 and an additional $2,645.91 will be assessed as part of the civil restitution.


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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.


+4 # one more cast 2013-11-21 09:25
Burns me up
+1 # stilakah 2013-11-21 09:50
I'm surprised he didn't loos his truck and boat!
+1 # nmartin29 2013-12-02 06:42
Glad to hear he was reported...this behavior is unacceptable.
+1 # 59Bassman 2013-12-21 04:52
Kills me to see with "bull" reds, but I also see it all the time around here with other species. Too many folks think that if they didn't get their limit last week, they're entitled to it in addition to this week's limit. Hurts everyone.
# Fox 2014-04-12 23:03
Its a shame people can't respect conservation laws. I really enjoy fishing and its those laws that have made fishing in Texas better over the past 10 years. last year I reported someone on a fishing pier that had a large cooler full of undersized reds it was funny to see his reaction when the game warden came.

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