June 11, 2012

Four charged with short grouper

Four people were cited Saturday for possessing short grouper by a Sheriff’s Office Marine deputy.

Deputy Michael Cofield was on patrol near the Channel 5 Bridge when he saw a pontoon boat with five people on board. He approached and asked how the fishing was going. The group all said it was going well. He asked them to show him the biggest fish they’d caught – they proudly displayed a 21 inch red grouper. He asked them to show him the smallest fish they’d caught; they proudly displayed an obviously undersized red grouper. He finally asked them to show him all the fish they’d caught. They opened a cooler with six red grouper inside; only one was legal sized.

When he asked who had caught the fish, they replied that all of them had. He asked if they could each show him which fish they had caught, and asked if they wanted a picture taken with their fish. They all agreed; he handed them each their respective fish and took their pictures one at a time.

Four of them were cited for possessing undersized red grouper. All four were also warned for having no valid fishing license:

61 year old John Sala of Dania, Florida
47 year old Marcel Chiforan of Coral Springs, Florida
19 year old Erin Horvath of Hollywood, Florida
28 year old Marian Borz of Davie, Florida

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