Charges filed against Juneau and Sitka guides

Three Southeast men currently faces charges related to guided fishing violations in Alaska.

Michael W. Duby of Juneau, 61, has already run afoul of Montana Fish and Game authorities for poaching there. His son, Michael Patrick Duby, 37, was also convicted on the Montana charges, and is currently awaiting sentencing on federal charges related to shooting migratory birds in Alaska and selling their parts on the internet.

Now, Alaska Wildlife Troopers have charged the elder Duby with providing guide services without a license. According to charging documents, Duby was working for his son’s company Fish Hunter Charters as a licensed guide in 2007. Investigators say he then guided a saltwater sport fish charter April 28, 2008 while on his son’s boat the ‘Brody.’ He did not have a valid license in his possession and listed his 2007 license number in the vessel’s logbook.

Michael W. Duby then allegedly told investigators that his 2008 license was late in coming and he guided on a temporary license. But investigators allege that he didn’t even apply for a 2008 license until April 30th, two days after the charter trip.

The charging documents, filed last week, specifically mention that Michael Patrick Duby was also under investigation for illegal guiding activity. But state prosecutors have not yet filed any charges against him.

Arraignment of Michael W. Duby is planned for December 8th in Juneau District Court.

In Sitka, Alaska Wildlife Troopers allege that four clients were taken out on a chartered trip on a vessel that was not registered to sportfish guide.

Robert L. Warren, 34, was charged for failing to register the vessel and failing to obtain a sportfish guide logbook. Michael R. Keating, 55, was charged with two counts of sportfish guide operator assisting in a violation.

Troopers believe that Keating, owner of Big Blue Fisheries, had Warren take out the clients on a boat that Keating knew was unregistered and did not have logbooks assigned.

Both men were charged Tuesday, but it’s unclear when the alleged violations actually occurred.

Their arraignment is scheduled for November 29th.

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