Father, son arrested on charges of illegally catching lobsters

Key Largo men arrested near Tom's Harbor Cut Bridge Wednesday

Wayne Tuckus (left) and Stuart Tuckus are accused of illegally catching lobsters in the Florida Keys.

KEY LARGO, Fla. – A father and son from Key Largo are facing charges after illegally catching lobsters near Tom's Harbor Cut Bridge on Wednesday.

Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was looking down from the bridge at about 1:45 p.m. when he noticed the two men as they were spearing, wringing and placing the tails of lobsters into a blue mesh bag.

Deputies said Guerra followed the men as they swam to shore and found 60 wrung tails in the bag.

Guerra said Wayne Tuckus, 49, told him that he was a commercial fisherman and has been arrested for illegally capturing lobsters before.

Tuckus and his son, Stuart, 20, were both arrested on charges of having undersized lobster, out-of-season lobster, illegally speared lobster, over the limit lobster, having wrung tails in the water and spearfishing within 100 yards of a fishing bridge.

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