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Four Men Charged With Poaching Underweight Stripers In Shelton

Four men were arrested in Shelton for having 38 undersized striped bass.
Four men were arrested in Shelton for having 38 undersized striped bass. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

SHELTON, Conn. -- Four men have been arrested by Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police for possessing underweight striped bass in large quantities.

According to EnCon police, the men arrested on Tuesday, March 29, included Hydri Cenkoli, 60, of Woodbury, Daniel Cenkoli, 32, of Waterbury, Bilbil Cenkoli, 57, of Waterbury, and Gurali Cenkoli, age 46, Woodbury.

The men were arrested after the department received a complaint that four anglers fishing in the Housatonic River in Shelton off of River Road were in possession of a large amount of undersized striped bass, police said.

When the EnCon officers arrived at the site, they were able to locate the men, and the fish hidden in bags in the rocks and bushes with the help of their K-9 officer.

The EnCon K-9 dog is specially trained to detect a variety of species of fish to assist in situations like this. All fish were less than the minimum legal length.

All four men were charged with possession of 38 striped bass, all of which were less than the minimum legal length and for possession of striped bass over the daily creel limit. The daily limit is one fish and the legal length is 28 inches, police said.

The charges against the four men are misdemeanors, the are scheduled to appear in court on April 12 in Derby.

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