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Capt Charlie

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Thought you guys might find this interesting. Stopped at Moran's to get ice on the way out of Fourchon on Saturday morning, and guess who was leaving the dock with a boatful of sports? The Capt Charlie. I thought this yo yo had his charter license suspended the other day. I couldn't believe it.
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   merc
Ever thought it might be another Captin on board
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   Iceman
Merc, I did think of that, but the fact that the boat is still running means the Capt is still getting a cut and making money. The vessel should have been grounded along with the Capt's license. I know I can't be the only one out there who this bothers. This is a slap in the face to all of us out there who follow the regs, guides and recs alike.
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Maybe the person running the marina (Chris Moran) should prohibit the vessel from mooring there. If the vessel has no port from which to operate, he cannot operate...end of story! Lawbreakers NOT welcome!!

There can be no excuse for the behavior that took place on that vessel...

Susan Gros
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I agree with Susan, but also send him back with the Okies he holds so near and dear, LOL.
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   Iceman
Glad to see someone else out there agrees on this one. All of us on the boat couldn't believe that boat was running a charter. I also couldn't beleive that there are people out there who will still go with this clown. I wouldn't go on a free trip on this boat, different captain or not. He's still getting a cut and it's a joke that the boat is running trips.
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   Rat-Red37
At the risk of sounding dumb who is Capt Charlie and what did he do???
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This boat should have been confiscated in the 1st place. The only people that should be driving it are captains whom work for the Coast Guard.
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   Iceman
The Captain is David Harrelson. He took 18 fisherman out on a charter before red snapper season opened this year and allowed them to keep 909 of them, and 200 and something were under 16". It was a fish selling sting, and the guys were selling the fish in Georgia is the story I heard. Captain Charlie is the name if the boat. The boat is named after the late Charlie Hardison, who is not affilated at all with David Harrelson. David Harrelson bought the boat from the family after Charlie died. Supposedly they were all found guilty in court last week.
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   Rat-Red37
Thanks for explaining Ice. All being said why is he on the water? I agree it shouldn't
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   bosunmate
Guanteed if it was me out there and I got caught with a limit like that I would not have a boats and probly be writing from behind bars.
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Here is the article I read. Key is that the 20 men have til Aug. 8 to respond to the charges, accept them and pay fines or contest them and go to court. That would be my guess anyways. A buddy of mine has been going on an annual charter on this boat the same weekend as the G I tarpon rodeo for several years now and so far he hasn't been informed that their charter is canceled.
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Charter skipper David Harrelson, his deckhand and the 18 men who chartered the boat Capt. Charlie face more than $125,000 in federal penalties for an illegal catch of red snapper.

The fines came in the form of notices of violation assessment issued to the 20 men Tuesday and Wednesday, said Winton Vidrine, enforcement chief of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The fines stem from an April 28 Wildlife and Fisheries operation that reportedly found the 20 men with 909 red snapper aboard the fishing boat captained by Harrelson, 52, of Lockport.

The recreational red snapper season was closed the day state enforcement agents issued the citations.

During the open season, the recreational limit on red snapper is two per angler per day; the species has a 16-inch-long minimum size before it can be kept by an angler.

Harrelson, listed as the owner and operator of Rebel Charter Services LLC, received notice of an $80,000 violation assessment.

Tacked onto the penalties was a 210-day notice of permit sanction, which will prohibit Harrelson from operating a charter boat for nearly seven months.

A joint violation assessment notice and several individual notices totaling $45,450 were also issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce to the charter boat’s party.

Their catch also was forfeited.

State Wildlife and Fisheries agents sold the 909 red snapper for $9,221.25 on April 29.

Harrelson could not be reached for comment Thursday after a message was left on his cell phone.

The 20 men have until Aug 8 to respond to the assessments, at which point they can either pay the fines or take the matter to federal court.

In March, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted federal regulations approved earlier this year that shortened the recreational red snapper season from an April 21-Oct. 31 season to a June 1-Aug 4 season.

Agents working the April 28 operation said they measured all 909 red snapper held in 27 ice chests aboard the Capt. Charlie, which docks at a Belle Pass port.

Vidrine said at the time that 287 of the red snapper were under the minimum 16-inch size limit.

Harrelson said earlier that none of the fish were in the boat’s built-in ice chest.

Vidrine also said none of the 18 men aboard the charter boat had a nonresident Louisiana basic fishing license or a nonresident Louisiana saltwater license.

Of the 18 men, 17 are from Georgia. Those from Atlanta are: Walter Bailey Jr., 61; Glover Jefferson Jr., 69; Robert Kemp, 72; Lawrence Kendrick, 60; Baxter R. Maddox, 67; and Earnest Sessoms, 79.

Those from elsewhere in Georgia are: Warren R. Brownlee, 36, Palmetto; Harry Crosland, 67, and Andrew R. Smith, 70, both of Decatur; Leslie H. Durham, 45, Douglasville; Willie T. Epps, 72, College Park; Walter L. Gibson Jr., 38, Union City; Kym D. Haywood, 44, Hapeville; Cleveland B. Kemp Jr., 56, Conyers; Charlie W. Patrick 68, Stone Mountain; Artesza Portee, 35, Autell; and Clyde E. Raiford, 68, Fayetteville.

The 18th man is James E. Williams, 65, of Callaway, Fla.

The deckhand, Donald Humphrey, 45, lives in Golden Meadow, citations indicate.

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So he needs to be sent to Georgia along with his boat too, get out of this state there cappy!
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If you look up the Georgia's secretary of state commercial division you will see that most of the names listed are business owners of some type. Some of them are even affiliated with each other. How much money could 900 snapper bring in split between them after paying the Captain of the boat off to keep his eyes shut? They all definately have a bad case of the CDA (chronic dumbazz) syndrome.
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