Guide’s brother pleads guilty to sport fishing charge

A close relative of a Juneau guide has been convicted on a charge of guiding sport fish clients while not having a sport fish license himself.

Joel M. Duby, 27, of Richland, Washington changed his plea Wednesday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. An additional charge of not having his license available for inspection was dropped.

Duby was fined $5,000 which is payable within two years. His Alaska hunting and fishing privileges have been revoked for a year.

It’s not immediately clear whether those privileges also apply to Washington State where Duby lives. Some states have entered into a compact in which revocation of a hunting or fishing license in one state may mean revocation in other states – whether automatically or on case-by-case basis.

Duby is the son of Michael W. Duby, 61, and brother of Jason W. Duby, 36, and Michael Patrick Duby, 37, who is operator of Fish Hunter Charters in Juneau. Along with some associates, all are facing federal and state charges related to alleged illegal hunting and fishing.

Prosecutors say the investigation continues and they have declined to say whether more charges are pending against the Duby family. But — according to court records — Andrew Peterson of the State of Alaska’s Office of Special Prosecutions assured Joel Duby Wednesday that he will not face additional charges.