July 13, 2015

Homestead man charged with illegal lobster

A Homestead man is in jail, charged with undersize, speared and out of season lobster.

Sheriff’s Office Marine Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on water patrol Sunday afternoon near the Channel 5 Bridge when he saw a man diving without a dive flag near the south end of the bridge. As he approached, he saw the man was spearing a lobster. As the man surfaced with a lobster on his spear, Deputy Guerra identified himself and took the spear from the man – later identified as 32 year old Pascual Castaneda.

Castaneda had two blue dive bags, each containing lobster. Castaneda had a total of eight speared lobster, four of which were undersized.

He was arrested. He was charged with possession of undersized lobster, possession of over the limit lobster, possession of speared lobster, possession of lobster out of season, having no measuring device and spearfishing within 100 yards of a fishing bridge.

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