Even though the striped bass season is closed to honest watermen, it hasn’t stopped poachers from laying illegal nets.
Maryland Natural Resources police say they’ve found two more illegal nets in the Chesapeake Bay, filled with nearly two tons of striped bass.
Investigators are widening their net, trying to hunt down whoever is illegally pulling tons of striped bass out of the bay.
They cheat and steal, while those who play by the rules are being hurt. Poachers on the Chesapeake have taken so much fish that their actions have triggered drastic action by the state.
Ten tons and counting. That’s the amount of poached striped bass seized by police in waters near the Bay Bridge. Investigators won’t specifically say how they’re finding these illegal hauls.
There has been another big poaching bust in the bay.