Red Drum and Speckled Trout Fishing Restrictions
There are some fishing restrictions that will prevent Red Drum and Speckled Trout from showing up in shares this spring.
Red Drum: The commercial industry has an annual TAC (“Total Allowable Catch”) of 250,000 pounds. In 2013, the commercial landings exceeded the TAC. Thus, the NC DMF (North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries) will not “open” the red drum commercial harvest until the fall. Therefore, we will not be able to offer red drum during our spring season.
Please see this link to the Red Drum proclamation from DMF.
Speckled trout: There can be no commercial landings of speckled trout until June 15, 2014. NC DMF Director Louis Daniel closed the speckled trout fishery in February due to cold stun events. It is the intent of the Fisheries Director to open the spotted sea trout season for commercial and recreational fishing by proclamation on June 15, 2014 after surviving fish have had the opportunity to spawn. Thus, we will not see speckled trout during our spring season.
Please see this link to the Speckled Trout proclamation.