Father and son face charges of illegal fishing near Havelock

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 07:46 PM.

A father and son from Carteret County have been arrested for illegal fishing activity in inland waters in Craven County.

Ronald Cahoon, 65, and Joshua Cahoon, 38, both of Beaufort, were arrested by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission following a Nov. 26 report of illegal gill netting, according to Wildlife Officer Kyle Van Althuis, who led the investigation.

The pair’s boat was seized and the 89 spotted sea trout and the two mullet they caught were given to a community food bank.

Authorities received a late evening report of suspicious activity in the Hancock Creek area east of Havelock, prompting a coordinated response by the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

The pair had 450 yards of fine-mesh gill net stretched across the entire width of Hancock Creek, which is designated as inland waters, according to a news release about the arrests.

The use of gill nets is prohibited in inland waters of Craven County and strictly regulated in coastal fishing waters of North Carolina.

Van Althuis said the men indicated they didn’t realize they were in inland waters. Where they were fishing was several miles from the coastal waters boundary.

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