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Man Charged With Operating Illegal Charter Fishing Boat in Saugatuck

Posted at 9:27 PM, Aug 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-05 21:28:37-04

800px-ChesapeakeFishingBoatSAUGATUCK, Mich. — A 41-year-old man is charged with operating an illegal charter fishing boat in Saugatuck after a surveillance operation from Michigan DNR officials in June and July.

The unidentified Hamilton man will be arraigned on eight charges related to illegal charter fishing in Allegan District Court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a press release from the DNR, the man was caught on surveillance camera on five separate occasions advertising for paid fishing charters while operating an uninspected and unlicensed charter boat.  He could spend up to one year in prison for that crime as well as a fine of $1,000.

Five of the eight charges were for failing to provide daily fishing licenses for his customers, which could cost him a total of $1,250 in fines.  The man already pleaded guilty to three earlier charges on July 3 related to this incident, and paid a total of $515 in fines.