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Old 12-12-2019, 06:43 PM   #1
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Ohhh Myyyy. now only 3/person. I feel for inshore guides!!
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FWC approves changes to spotted seatrout rules

At its meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved several rule changes for spotted seatrout. Spotted seatrout are one of Florida’s most popular inshore fisheries. Based on the results of a recent stock assessment and after hearing concerns from anglers, FWC worked with stakeholders to create a suite of regulatory changes that would benefit the spotted seatrout as well as continue to provide quality fishing opportunities.

The following rules will go into effect Feb. 1, 2020:

Creating two new zones by splitting the Northwest spotted seatrout management zone into the: (See maps below.)
Western Panhandle (Escambia County through the portions of Gulf County west of longitude 85 degrees, 13.76 minutes but NOT including Indian Pass/Indian Lagoon).
Big Bend (remaining portion of Gulf County plus Indian Lagoon, and Franklin County through Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County).
Creating the renamed South Florida zone (Fred Howard Park Causeway in Pinellas County near the Pasco County line through Broward County) and Central East zone (Palm Beach through Volusia counties) by moving the boundary between the southern management zones. (See maps below.)
Reducing bag limits
Western Panhandle: five to three fish.
Big Bend: no change (remains five fish).
South Florida: four to three fish.
Central East: four to two fish.
Northeast: six to five fish.
Modifying the recreational slot size limit from 15-to-20 inches to 15-to-19 inches total length.
Allowing one seatrout over 19 inches per vessel (currently per harvester).
Prohibiting captain and crew from keeping a bag limit on a for-hire trip.
Re-establishing the February recreational closure in the Western Panhandle zone and the November-December recreational closure in the Central East zone.
Reducing the current daily commercial limits to 50 per harvester and 100 per vessel.
Removing an unnecessary commercial reporting form.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:07 PM   #2
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Wow! Going to effect a bit of tourism also, along with the charter captions! I might just take $17.00 3 day licence fee and buy my fish here! Not to mention the all the rest of the trip $$$..

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They completely lied to us during the first Pensacola meeting. They said the population was trough the roof and they might lax things up on the commercial and rec side. When the biologist called me a few months ago about these changes I called him out on the lies he told use a few months prior, he said I really don’t know what I can tell you
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3 fish per person is fine... this won't effect guides much, if at all (the real charter guides anyways, can't say the same for joeblowmatrixgoogans) who the hell eats more than 3 nasty trout?

Where they effed up is the 1 over slot per vessel. That's complete BS... gonna be a lot of culled trout come tournament day

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3 fish per person is fine... this won't effect guides much, if at all (the real charter guides anyways, can't say the same for joeblowmatrixgoogans) who the hell eats more than 3 nasty trout?

Where they effed up is the 1 over slot per vessel. That's complete BS... gonna be a lot of culled trout come tournament day

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Most people dont come here to trout fish. They are piss poor fighters and not great on the table. People do come for reds and flounder though. I cant really recall any clients specifically asking me for trout, granted Im not an "inshore" specific guide.
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All these fishing regs are making me want to get back into pornstar work. At least the slot limit is consistent.
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Funny that you guys eat mullet and then turn your noses up at trout!
I typically don't target inshore species in Florida unless offshore weather isn't decent, and the trout fishery in Destin/Pensacola hasn't impressed me as compared to the trout/redfish/flounder I see fishing in Texas.
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Funny that you guys eat mullet and then turn your noses up at trout!
I typically don't target inshore species in Florida unless offshore weather isn't decent, and the trout fishery in Destin/Pensacola hasn't impressed me as compared to the trout/redfish/flounder I see fishing in Texas.
That is because our area mullet are the cleanest and best tasting in the entire country.
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When you start limiting a certain fish with low possession limits, it gets to the point it's not worth the time, effort and cost to target that species, but to target other fish with less limit and size restrictions. Then before long, they start placing limits on those species as well. It's getting to the point it's going to be cheaper to buy your fish from the market, probably what they want you to do anyway, or to get a commercial license.
I like specs and white trout, they need to be cooked same or next day tho for taste, otherwise they aren't as good when cooked after being frozen and tend to fall apart.
One oversized per vessel sucks especially if 2 people go on a charter and only 1 can keep a gator and the other can't if they both catch one.
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