On the evening of Sept. 14, while on patrol, Officer Tompkins received a call from off-duty ECO Franz reporting an alleged angler in a boat taking undersized fish on Barger Pond in the town of Putnam Valley.
Environmental Conservation Officer Tompkins responded to the area and waited for the vessel to dock before he moved in and approached the fisherman. The subject possessed 78 black crappie, more than three times the daily limit of 25. Officer Tompkins measured the fish and found all of them were also under the 10-inch minimum size limit.
ECO Tompkins ticketed the angler for possession of over the daily limit (25) and undersized fish. Both tickets were returnable to the Town of Putnam Valley Court for a date in early October.