Can someone please fill me in on what the actual fines / penalties are for keeping fish, lobster etc. that are out of season / slot etc. I am not a poacher. I possess a sportsman's gold hunting and fishing license and strictly follow regulations at all times. I released a beautiful 31.5 inch snook yesterday, and the folks I was with asked me about the season closure, and what would happen if I violated the regs and I had to be honest and admit that I didn't know exactly what the punishment was. I would like to have had a more educated response than "you'd get in trouble." I've heard everything from a slap on the wrist to GW taking your boat.
Does anyone know for sure what the specific, current penalties are? Just to be more informed... A link to the documented specific regs / penalties would solidify the response.