Commercial limit of red drum to increase to 10 fish????
IF the spirit of the law allowing a bycatch only red drum
fishery could truly be adhered, then 7 to 10 fish would be not be a big deal, BUT
the reality is that we have already been down this road. A 10 fish limit makes it easier for unscrupulous
fishermen and buyers to target red drum,
forge trips, trip tickets and dates.
Enough of that goes on already…..redfish sold as bluefish….etc. A ten fish limit encourages these ongoing
illegal activities and encourages targeting of red drum.
The only solution to the bycatch, red drum or otherwise is
to require MANDATORY ATTENDANCE of ALL GILL NETS.
The net reels at Cedar Island/West Bay deploy thousand yard
shots that kill hundreds of red drum that will be sold illegally or discarded
and not counted. Neither is acceptable.