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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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