Photo of Fish on Facebook Lands Angler in Trouble

Watch those pictures!

Many photos of "trophy" fish appear on Facebook every day, but that can be a not-so-smart move if the fish was taken illegally, or even if authorities suspect the catch is illegal. It is great to share your catches, but be sure you have proof that it was caught legally because someone is always watching. 

A Big Bass and a Ticket

Juan Arevalo is learning that lesson the hard way thanks to a voracious bass and a Facebook photo.


It was the first weekend in June, and the York man and a friend had planned to hook some catfish at what Arevalo called a "fisherman's paradise" near the banks of the Susquehanna River in York Haven.

On the end of his line, a large fish struggled. Standing about 15 feet above the water on a platform, Arevalo reeled in a 21- or 22-inch bass.

"That was the biggest bass I've ever caught," Arevalo said.

A lucky bass: But Arevalo knew it was illegal to catch bass at that place at that time. The fish had to go back to the water.

As Arevalo worked to pull a double hook from the fish, his friend snapped a picture of a smiling Arevalo holding the wide-mouthed bass.

"And I chucked him in the water," Arevalo, 38, said.

A few weeks later, Arevalo posted the photo to Facebook. In fact, he made it his profile picture.

Just a few days later, Arevalo received a certified letter telling him he's been cited for illegally catching a fish.

Read the rest of the story below.

Fisherman in trouble from Facebook photo.

York Dispatch

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