Palm Beach Co. man charged with spearing, taking snook out of season
Friday, August 26, 2011
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
A Palm Beach County man faces several charges after he was
caught earlier this week with 10 speared snook. Snook are a
strictly regulated marine fish.
Working on a tip Tuesday, officers with the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) learned that three men were
spearing snook off the south jetty of the Lake Worth Inlet. FWC
officers, along with Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies,
responded and found two speared snook nestled in the jetty
rocks. Additionally, officers found a garbage bag containing eight
speared snook in the bushes.
Juan Cabrales (DOB 06/07/70) of Greenacres was charged with
possession of snook during closed season, spearing snook,
spearfishing in a prohibited area and no dive flag displayed, among
other charges. Charges are pending against the other two men.
Snook season has been closed on the Atlantic coast since Dec.
15, 2010. It will reopen Sept. 1. Snook may be taken only by hook
and line, and only one snook per person is allowed per day.
Additionally, snook harvested from the Atlantic must not be less
than 28 inches or greater than 32 inches in length.