Prince George’s County, MD— Three Prince George’s County men were charged with poaching striped bass shortly after midnight Thursday by officers on surveillance in Dorchester County.

Rigoberto Melendez Galdamez, 46, of Laurel, Oseas Daniel Roque, 33, of Hyattsville, and Juan Jose Santos Peneda, 59, of Bowie, were each issued citations for exceeding their limit of striped bass and for possessing undersized striped bass. Seventeen of the 21 fish measured were undersized.

Officers stopped a car driven by Galdamez for motor vehicle violations as it left the area near Ferry Bridge on Hooper Island. The location has been the scene of a great deal of illegal recreational fishing activity this year.

The three men are due in Dorchester County District Court Jan. 18. The pre-payable fine is $125 for each violation. However, Pineda, who had 11 undersized fish, must appear in court and faces a maximum fine of $1,500.