FWC Propose to Increase Red Drum Fish Bag Size Limit

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Many local fisherman along the coast are pleased that The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are considering increasing the bag size limit on red drum fish. This would allow recreational fisherman to go home with two red drum fish daily instead of one.

Local fisherman Grayson Shepard says, "I think it's a great idea and I think the stocks have come back to a level so they can support those kind of numbers."

Charles Wilson, another local fisherman says, "I think it's about time. It's been a long time coming."

These red drum fish are between 18-27 inches and are a popular sport fish that many fisherman bet on catching. And approving the increase could mean a boost in tourism.

Mark Robson, a spokesperson from the FWC says, "Anything we can do to encourage more fishing is gonna be good for Florida's economy and for tourism and since it is a popular coastal fishery in Florida, we thought it'd be good to do something like this."

Local fisherman Ron Page says, "Absolutely it'll bring more tourism to the area. People can't come from Georgia and Alabama and get one fish. It's almost ridiculous to think that they can."

Many fishermen along the coast say they can appreciate the increase in bag size limit on the fish, but some say, even with that second fish, it's still not enough.

Wilson says, "You know we like two better than one, but I think they might can increase it even more."

Page says, "I think they should be giving us more than two fish tell you the truth about it."

The FWC has met for the last two days to discuss the bag size increase. They are scheduled to meet again in April for the final vote.

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  • by Geeeeez Location: Tallahassee on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Glad to know that only rednecks know how to fish? WTH are you talking about?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    vicious_fish, What are you talking about? Purse seines and airplane spotters caused the rapid decline in population. Not me and my jon boat trying to catch supper.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Vicious fish, for you information, it wasn't the fisherman on the coast that is the cause of the fish decline, it was people like you that was buying it in the resturants as blackened redfish. It was the purse seines that was catching them by the thousands for the resturants blackened redfish dinners that caused this. There were catching the breeding fish. But of course folks like you dont know this. If you would go and catch your own fish and not buy them from the markets or the resturants, then all fish populations would be stable. Bet you buy all your food from the store. You dont even have a clue of how to feed yourself. When I go fishing, I only keep what I'm going to eat. And it's nice to be able to keep 2 reds now, so maybe i can invite my kids and grandkids to have dinner with me. With one fish limit, I couldn't do that. I think there should be a 3 fish limit.
  • by Vicious_Fish Location: Still in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    You rednecks know that you do NOT have to keep everything you catch, don't you?
  • by t'ville Location: t'ville on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    Lots of good comments here and reds are good to eat, but have you fought one of these creatures? Catchin is a whole lot more fun than eatin I promise.
  • by Vicious_Fish Location: Gulf of Mexico, B*tches! on Feb 25, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    Yeah, way to go rednecks! Justify raising the limits by gas prices and people getting tired of their boats sitting in the yard. There is NO justifiable reason to keep more than one fish per person. It is that kind of GREED that put the redfish stocks down to cause the low bag limit in the first place. FWC should spend more time checking bags and looking for game offenders instead of giving out tickets for out of date flares,the bag limit problems would be solved.
  • by Anonymous Location: tally on Feb 25, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Sure they are increasing the amount of redfish we are allowed to harvest. Tucked away is the fact that the state wants to adpot federal regulations for grouper. and impose 6 months of no harvest. I was told by the FWC last year that Goalith grouper were going to be conisdered for a harvest season. Well they decided they needed more data. They are also going to be imposing a closure on amberjack. Anybody that fishes offshore hooks into plenty of amberjack that are quickly ate by goalith grouper.If 1 predatory fish is eating the other fish that are HEAVILY REGULATED, wouldn't it make sense to open a fishery for the protected dominant predator. I wonder how many FWC officers will know the difference between state and federal regulations, this time around?
  • by cm Location: wakulla on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    the comment that wakulla made is right!!! This economy is getting worse and worse for everyone. With sky rocketing gas prices will keep alot of people boats sitting in their yard!!
  • by dm Location: Woodville on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    It's about time. Makes shelling out the cash to go and the cleanup after easier to justify.
  • by IsThisReal Location: Tally on Feb 24, 2011 at 05:01 PM
    Never could understand why the FWC doesn't raise and restock these fish.....
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