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Man Exceeds Limit By 1,600 Fish


It’s a fishing over-limit case that boggles the mind.

In May, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reported the arrest of a Clovis man who allegedly caught and kept more than 160 times the limit of rainbow trout from two municipal lakes, where annual stockings take place for anglers to enjoy pursuing during the winter months.

Bounchanh Bounsombath, 62, was arrested when department officers executed a search warrant at his home and seized more than 1,600 trout after receiving an anonymous tip to the agency’s Operation Game Thief hotline.

“Never in my whole career have I encountered this before,” says Cot. Robert Griego.

Bounsombath was booked into the Curry County Detention Center and bond was set at $2,500. The department will seek $8,000 in civil restitution for the state to recover the loss of the trout.


North American Fisherman