Man charged with spearing undersized lobster

Published On: Jan 08 2013 03:39:59 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 08 2013 03:40:22 PM EST

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrested a Tavernier man who, they say, was spearing undersized lobster and other fish in the water offshore of Islamorada.

Brandon Shelby, 24, was arrested Monday.

MCSO said a deputy saw a man and a woman on a rock jetty near Founder’s Park in Islamorada with a cooler. Inside, he found an undersized lobster which had been speared. The couple told him Shelby had speared the lobster.

The deputy found Shelby with a pole spear and a white mesh bag, said MCSO. Inside the bag, the deputy found a lobster, and several fish, all of which had been speared.

Shelby was charged with 14 counts possession of undersized lobster, 15 counts possession of speared lobster, two counts possession of undersized Sheepshead, possession of undersized Hog Snapper, possession of lobster over the bag limit and spear fishing in upper Keys waters.