Just so you know how I feel about Old Drum Tournaments
"As long as the fishery can handle the effects of catch and release fishing, and I believe that this fishery has demonstrated that it can, the adult red drum catch and release fishery should be available to the public.
I do not like the idea of the government dictating how many fish someone can catch and release. A 'sufficient' amount should be left up to the individual. The public must keep in mind that albeit very low, there is a mortality associated with catch and release fishing. The more you catch, the more you kill.
I detest the idea of a tournament that encourages people to catch (kill) as many adult red drum as they can. Red drum are a long-lived fish with a unique life history and warrant the protective measures currently in place such as the required use of circle hooks on short leaders with fixed weights from 7 pm to 7 am during the spawning season on the Pamlico Sound. During this same period I would support the prohibition of tournaments whose outcome is determined by a total number of releases or requires that every fish be measured or taken out of the water."
George H. Beckwith Jr.