Louisiana shrimper damages captain’s boat for fishing in his spot, deputies say


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Slidell man Wednesday after a fight between two shrimp boat captains.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, STPSO Marine units were dispatched to Rigolets Pass near Geoghegan Canal.

The captain of one of the boats, Casey Russell of Slidell, had become angry after seeing another person shrimping “in his spot.”

Russell had deployed his boat’s anchor and circled the victim’s boat, causing the anchor to hook the boat’s nets and lines, according to the report.

Deputies say Russell then dragged the boat, causing it to sustain significant damage and take on water.

Russell was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for aggravated criminal damage to property.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted in the investigation and also cited Russell for interfering with a commercial fisherman.

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