3 Men Cited For Charter Guide Violations in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes

Published 9:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2022

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged charter guide regulation violations in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes in March.

Agents cited Jacques Laboureur II, 41, of New Orleans, on March 5, Matthew Hines, 30, of Covington, on March 19, and Aaron Wilmoth, 24, of Belle Chasse, on March 24, for failing to comply with charter boat regulations.

Agents were on patrol in the Hopedale and Venice areas working charter fishing guides when all three men were stopped with paying customers on board their vessels.  Laboureur and Wilmoth had not renewed their charter six pack licenses for 2022.  Hines did not possess any charter licenses and was not licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard to take people on his vessel for hire.

LDWF requires all charter fishermen to have a U.S. Coast Guard captains license, an LDWF charter boat fishing guide license and proof of at least $300,000 liability insurance all in their possession while on the water and fishing.

Failing to have a charter guide license carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Corporal Blaine Wagner, Senior Agent Kyle Haydel, and Senior Agent Shea Schexnaydre.