Three men busted in salmon snagging in New York.
New York wildlife officials caught three men poaching salmon red-handed early Wednesday morning.
The men, 41-year-old Sergey Yatchuk, 39-year-old Mikhail F. Sakalosh of South Carolina and 29-year-old Petro Parfenyk of Pennsylvania were hit with 32 violations after they poached 69 salmon from Newfane’s Burt Dam. The men were using a net and a weighted treble hook to snag the fish from 18-mile Creek according to the Niagara-Gazette.
The Niagara-Gazette reports the snagged fish ranged in weight from five pounds all the way up to 35 pounds.
The men were caught when a routine patrol by DEC conservation officers just happened to come across garbage bags loaded with fresh salmon piled in a pathway. It was around that time that a pickup trucked rolled by the area and two men approached the officers on foot.
The suspects took off running but they were able to catch one as he tried to hide in some brush. The other one actually dove into the creek and swam away. A K-9 unit was brought in and eventually located the man who swam away as he tried to escape climbing up the wall of a gorge.
The third man, in the pickup, was caught by Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies while waiting to hear from the other two men.
All three are now facing 32 different fishing violations, including things like illegal fishing at night, taking over the limit, snagging fish and possessing snagged fish. Parfenyk and Sakalosh were being held in county jail on $1,100 bail, while Yatchuk was being held on $1,000 bail.