Annual Unicorn Tournament
For over a decade tarpon numbers in the Pamlico Sound have declined and no one knows why. Herd plenty of theories, maybe you can suggest some more:
The inlets have closed.
Global warming, they are passing us by and going to the Chesepeake (where there is menhaden purse seining)
Since the ban of menhaden purse seining in NC waterrs, there is more bait in the ocean and they are staying there, not coming into the Pamlico Sound.
They can't find their way through all the pound nets.
There is less shrimp trawling and they depend on the bycatch.
There is more shrimp trawling and they are eating all the bycatch.
There are plenty of tarpon there, only they don't roll anymore.
All the tarpon fishermen who knew how to catch them are too old to fish for them anymore.
All this said, I am looking forward to next year's unicorn tournament. Thank you Gene for putting this together for us. One of the best days I ever had tarpon fishing, I never caught a fish.