Man arrested over drunken sea bass catch
As far as drunken antics go, getting arrested for illegally catching 122 sea bass is not exactly your typical night out.
But that is exactly what happened to one man after a night out on the lash resulted in an epic one-man fishing expedition.
Environmental Police from Massachusetts spotted the man’s catch while patrolling a canal in Boston. On board, they discovered a haul of no less than 122 black sea bass, as reported by The Telegraph.
In an apparent drunken stupor, the man decided to take his recreational fishing boat out for a spin, reeling in the mountain of bass that would have put most professional fisherman to shame.
However his overzealous, albeit impressive catch merely served to hook him a criminal record. Just eight bass are permitted to be caught in this particular canal due by a single fisherman due to fears of overfishing. Furthermore, the man was found to be over the limit for operating a motorboat and without a licence.
The man was arrested and charged with operating a motorboat under the influence, possession of 122 black sea bass, having an unregistered motorboat, displaying improper registration numbers on a motorboat, and fishing without a valid Massachusetts saltwater fishing licence.
The police meanwhile decided to donate all the fish to charity.