KEY LARGO (CBSMiami) – A Texas man visiting the Keys couldn’t wait for the mini-season to start.

Yuliver Rodrigeuz-Tejada, 43, was one of two snorkelers reportedly catching lobsters out of season on Monday in the waters off Islamorada.

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According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a marine patrol deputy spotted the two snorkelers and a boat at 2 p.m. bayside near Mile Marker 76. He also saw a personal watercraft operator go to the snorkelers several times over the course of an hour to retrieve what appeared to be a bag in the water, go to land and return to the snorkelers. The deputy stopped the boat with the snorkelers.

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  • During questioning, Rodriguez-Tejeda removed 14 lobster tails from his dive skin and dumped them in the water, according to the sheriff’s office.

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    The driver of the personal watercraft went to the other snorkeler, who was in the water, and took him to shore where he fled on foot.

    Rodrigeuz-Tejada was arrested and is now facing more than three dozen charges.

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    The sheriff’s office said charges could be filed against the second snorkeler who got away.