Over the limit Black Grouper

June 7, 2007

Marine Enforcement deputy charges two with over limit grouper

Marathon - A deputy on jet ski patrol stopped a boat for a safety inspection and wound up arresting the two men on board for being over their limit on Black Grouper.

Deputy Willie Guerra was on patrol Thursday when he stopped the 15 foot skiff near the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon to do a safety inspection. Once on board, he checked one of the vessel's coolers, finding seven Black Grouper inside. The limit for the two men on board was four, so they were three over the limit. Deputy Guerra then escorted the vessel to a nearby marina where he was met by two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers. A further check of the boat turned up ten more Black Grouper in a hidden compartment.

Deputy Guerra was given permission to look at them GPS on the vessel, and noticed several trips back and forth to a boat ramp in Marathon. When he asked them men about it, they said they had more fish in a cooler in their vehicle at the boat ramp. In that cooler, the officers found six more Black Grouper, two Mutton Snappers and two out of season Snook.

27 year old Jeremy Kobosko of Lake Worth, Florida and 28 year old Cyrus Oatway of Lantana, Florida were both booked into the Monroe County Detention Center, charged with over the limit Black Grouper, possessing Snook out of season and resisting arrest without violence. The Black Grouper were donated to the Boy Scouts of America camp on Lower Matacumbe Key.