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Three Anglers Charged with Fishing Violations on Choptank River

Photo of Maryland Natural Resources Police carA Prince George’s County man was charged Sunday with recreational fishing on a suspended license.

A Natural Resources Police officer on surveillance on the Dorchester County side of the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park saw Elser Roque Guerra, 35, of Hyattsville, fishing for striped bass.

When approached, Guerra told the officer that he was unable to buy a fishing license. A check of state records showed he received a one-year suspension by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, starting Sept. 15, 2017.

Elser received citations for fishing without a bay and coastal license and fishing while suspended. He is scheduled to appear in Dorchester County District Court June. 20. If found guilty of both charges, Elser could be fined as much as $2,000.

Two men were charged Saturday with illegally fishing for striped bass while at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park.

An officer watched Silvia Suyapa Sorto, 40, of Hyattsville, and Carlos Humberto Euceda Calix, 46, of District Heights, as they fished shortly before midnight on the Talbot County side of the pier. When they packed up to leave, the officer approached and saw one man place two bags under their vehicle. The bags contained 15 striped bass.

Sorto and Calix each received a citation for possession of striped bass out of season. The charge requires a court appearance. A hearing has been set for June 21 in Talbot County District Court. The maximum fine is $1,500.