'Deadliest Catch' Star Busted for Bad Case of the Crabs

1/11/2015 12:35 AM PST

'Deadliest Catch' Star -- Busted for Bad Case of the Crabs

EXCLUSIVE
"Deadliest Catch" star Elliott Neese isn't happy with his latest catch -- the salty captain just caught a stiff fine for hauling in undersized crabs. 

We found out Neese was busted back in November at Dutch Harbor after Alaskan officials sampled his ship's cargo -- highly valuable red king crab -- and pulled 13 undersized "bugs." That's a rookie mistake and huge no-no, especially when you catch professionally on TV. 

Elliott pled guilty and the fine was slashed from $6,000 to $3K.