Two Charged After Trespassing to Illegally Harvest Snook, Pinellas Deputies Say
The two used compound bows to catch the fish, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. Both admitted to the allegations.
MADEIRA BEACH – Deputies have arrest two men after they trespassed at a business in Madeira Beach and illegally harvested snook using a compound bow, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Derrick H. Ennis, 35, of Dade City, and Carlos I. Gonzalez, 27, of St. Petersburg, have each been charged with one county of armed trespassing. Deputies said additional fishery violations are pending on both men for illegally harvesting snook out of season, over the bag limit, and illegal method for harvesting snook.
About 4:30 a.m.July 9, Ennis and Gonzalez walked around a 6-foot chain link fence armed with two compound bows and trespassed at a closed business known as Don’s Dock, 215 Boardwalk Place in Madeira Beach. Deputies said Ennis and Gonzalez ignored the posted “no trespassing” signs and used the compound bows to shoot and kill snook that were in the water next to the dock. Surveillance video at the business captured images of the men illegally harvesting and killing multiple snook at the business.
Deputies said Ennis and Gonzalez were seen leaving the area in an older model Ford Ranger truck. Later that same day, the business owners watched the surveillance video and notified deputies of the incident.
Deputies obtained the surveillance video and placed photographs of the men on social media in an attempt to identify the suspects. Through investigation and social media, deputies said they were able to identify Ennis and Gonzalez.
On Wednesday (July 25), Ennis was arrested by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers at his residence in Dade City. Ennis was booked into the Pasco County Jail and he will later be transported to Pinellas County for his charges.
On Thursday (July 26), deputies arrested Gonzalez at his home in St. Petersburg
Deputies interviewed both men and said they admitted to the allegations.
Main photo shows Carlos Gonzalez, left, and Derrick Ennis. Photos courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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