I believe the TPWC know that the decline in numbers of fish in our bay systems stems from the large number of fishing guides that day in and day out stalk these fish. The guides' primary focus is to get the number of fisherman on his boat, times 10 specks and 3 reds, for a daily limit back to the marina so that the day is considered complete.
The couple dozen guides from around our local bays try to do this daily, or as many trips as they can book per week. Do the numbers. That's a lot of fish. Then add in the hundreds of people who have boats and fish whenever they can. Then throw in a periodic fish kill from a major freeze or a red tide outburst.
Thank God for the fish restocking program.
Until TPWD wises up and does away with size restrictions, trout, redfish flounder and fresh water species will continue to DECREASE . The problem is that under or oversized fish that are thrown back in the high percantage of cases do not survive, A whole lot more common sense rule would be to set alimit on the number and when one catches that number he keeps them and goes home.
Well, another aspect is increased revenue for the State. What will the fine be for having six trout in possession? Hopefully, TPWD isn't structured like TCEQ, where emissons violations result in increased revenue.
A few years ago, I went to buy a fishing license. I was asked whether I wanted a fresh water stamp, a saltwater stamp or a combo. So, I asked the guy, "What does the basic license allow me to fish for?" He responded, "Nothing. You have to have a stamp." So, I buy this fishing license and still can't fish???
I cornered a couple of game wardens a few days later and asked them the same question. Neither of them could give me a good answer, except that one of them said "The cost of operating the fisheries has gone up substantially."
More and more people are moving here, but our natural resources are not increasing to the same proportions but rather diminishing. I wonder what a glass of drinking water will be worth in 50 years. It will, of course, have a heavy tax on it if potable water even still exists.
I do all of my fishing at HEB. No boat, rod, lures, etc... And I limit out every time.
"McPheters works as a fishing guide. He said he's against limiting the number of spotted seatrout that can be caught."
"Jerry West, a fishing guide in Bay City; He echoed McPheters' sentiments in being against the move to regulate the number of spotted sea trout"
Well of course these two aren't in favor of lowering the limits on speckled trout; they make a living by fishing for speckled trout.
I think the bag limit on speckled trout should have been decreased 5 years ago and especially in the Port O'Connor area and West Matagorda Bay. The fishing has been so poor there in the that time.
I hope that the knee jerk reactions by some that the TP&W are going to take away another of our "rights" will give way to the reality that there are just too many of us fishing for the same thing and way too many fish leaving the bay system.
5 trout per person per day; that's 10 fillets and that's enough for me. For those who feel that they have to catch limits each time that they go out, well you're part of the problem that took the fishery to where we are right now.