ERIN, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two Tennessee men face several charges after they were found in possession of fish well beyond the legal limit.
The Leaf Chronicle reports authorities responding to a trespassing report arrested 35-year-old Mark Steven Jones and 28-year-old Robert Earl Wilridge on Saturday. The two were found with 35 smallmouth bass, three largemouth bass, two red-eye bass and two channel catfish in a cooler in their canoe.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Officer Nick Luper says the statewide limit for black bass — a category that includes smallmouth and largemouth bass — is five per person. He said the amount of fish caught and kept along the 2-mile stretch of creek can have “devastating impacts.”
The reporting landowner told sheriff’s deputies the two mooned him and tipped over a portable toilet when confronted.
It’s unclear if they have lawyers.