Clovis, NM Man Pays $8,110 for Catching 160 Times his Limit of Trout

Clovis Man Pays $8,110 for Catching 160 Times his Limit of Trout
Clovis Man Pays $8,110 for Catching 160 Times his Limit of Trout
New Mexico Game & Fish
New Mexico Game & Fish

New Mexico -(Ammoland.com)- A Clovis man convicted of illegally possessing more 1,600 trout – more than 160 times the limit — agreed to pay $8,110 in civil penalties after accepting a plea agreement.

Bounchanh Bounsombath, 63, was arrested in May 2014 after Department of Game and Fish conservation officers seized the trout during a search warrant at Bounsombath’s home. Bounsombath admitted to catching all of the fish at Green Acres Lake and Denis Chaves Pond in Clovis. Most of the trout were in one-gallon zip lock bags containing two to four trout per bag. All of the trout had been salted and dried before being frozen.

Under the plea agreement in Clovis Magistrate Court, Bounsombath pleaded guilty to 10 charges of exceeding the bag limit and one count of unlawful possession of rainbow trout. He also was placed on five years of supervised probation.

The case was initiated in 2013 by an anonymous call to Operation Game Thief. Bounsombath was cited for exceeding the bag limit and unlawful possession of trout. In May 2014, the Clovis district officer began covert surveillance of Bounsombath after he noticed Bounsombath spending a great amount of time at the lakes.

Bounsombath was observed fishing on at least 20 different occasions at both lakes over a three-week period. During most of those occasions Bounsombath caught and kept more than the daily bag limit of five rainbow trout. Licensed anglers may keep five rainbow trout per day and have 10 in possession at any given time.

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shootbrownelk
shootbrownelk
6 years ago

Lifetime loss of fishing & hunting privileges and a fine equal to the cost of raising all those fish to catchable size. Or, what it cost the sportspeople of New Mexico to replace 1,600+ trout. Why do judges always accept plea bargains from these “Immi-Grints” anyway? Give him 3 months in jail to reflect on his stupidity and greed.

UpChuck.Liberals
UpChuck.Liberals
6 years ago

What the heck, was he at a fish hatchery with a net?

waterhammer
waterhammer
6 years ago

So let me get this straight. A man, who’s intent is so clearly depraved and obvious by the fact he even goes so far as to salt them in preparation of consumption, has been on a mission to slaughter trout for his own enjoyment. This man’s actions are clearly deviate from others in society and he must be stopped. Good thing New Mexico doesn’t have a constitutional right to fish… oh wait. Good thing New Mexico isn’t on the border… oh wait. Good thing illegals never poach… oh wait. Good thing illegals don’t have constitutional rights… oh wait. That’s right.… Read more »

freewill
freewill
6 years ago

its been about 5 hours and my comment hasn’t been posted yet!!!

TEX
TEX
6 years ago

Maybe the ole boy wanted to open a fish market !

james
james
6 years ago

News story stated he was illegally fishing in 2013 and arrested.

Agree the fine was insufficient and not enough jail time.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

“two to four trout per zip-lock” is over the “BAG” limit? LOL ; )

billybob texas
billybob texas
6 years ago

NOT NEARLY stiff enough penalty. Yes, weeks and weeks of community service, park cleanup, restoration, etc. And no more fishing during this lifetime in NM.

freewill
freewill
6 years ago

what in the world was he thinking of? if the fishing is that good, then a person should catch a couple for dinner and leave the rest for another day, now I ask what will happen to all those fish he caught? if he had 1600 in his possession, he had 800 meals, I say put him to work in the Hatchery to pay his debt and let him live on the fish he caught.

durabo
durabo
6 years ago

1) He should be barred from ever obtaining a hunting or fishing license for as long as he lives in NM.
2) Did anyone check with ICE concerning his right to be in the USA? Maybe he should be practicing his fieldcraft in Laos or Cambodia or wherever he is from.

TEX
TEX
6 years ago
Reply to  durabo

He should be banned for life getting a fishing/hunting license anywhere in the US !

Mike Cronale
Mike Cronale
6 years ago
Reply to  TEX

Absolutely. He should never again be able to hunt or fish. He’s too stupid to be trusted with a weapon ayway.

icetrout
icetrout
6 years ago

new meaning to fish hog…..

diamondearthday57
diamondearthday57
6 years ago

To me the penalty is not harsh enough. I do not know how to balance what he did against being to strict.
Maybe 8k in fines and a month in jail. Jail time suspended if he does the equal amount of time in conservation
community service.
Say based on Feb., 28 days in the month times 24 hrs (hrs in a day)= 672 hrs helping the dnr.
and fishing privileges suspended until the conservation com. ser. (documented) is complete. IDK.