My thoughts on the Speckled Trout Limits
I wrote this letter to Governor Abbott recently, I also posted the full letter on my Facebook page. Well the response was overwhelming, since it seems many of you agree with me I have decided that all of our voices are more important than just mine alone. I started this petition to raise even more awareness about the Texas Speckled Trout limit issue, please consider signing!
My name is Robert Hamilton. I’m am a fishing guide in Rockport TX. With all that is happening in Texas and across the country I can’t help but think this topic hasn’t been brought to your attention. The emergency move made by TPWD to change the Texas speckled trout limit from 5 fish to 3 was not popular among coastal fishermen. The least popular part of the new policy was the slot size from 17-23 inches. I think most anglers could understand temporarily reducing the limit from 5 fish to 3 . The slot limit has been the trying issue. As numerous people like myself explained at TPWD hearings last winter this would be more detrimental than helpful. In some areas, and during some times of the year catching fish in this slot is very difficult. The result is the excessive handling of would be keeper trout. This excessive handling kills many of the throw back fish. If they don’t die immediately, many fish are immediately eaten by dolphin that follow fishermen around many of the bays. Fishermen that target other species often catch trout over 23 that swallow the bait and die. I have cleaned thousands of trout over the years. Trout 17-23” appear to be the most prolific and have full bellies of eggs that will never be laid as well. I promise that more fish are dying and never being born, under the new limits. Fewer fish are reaching the dinner table as well. I’ve been fish guiding about 35 years and I can tell you the numbers of trout are about the same as before the freeze. This action approved by the TPWD commissioners you appointed is EXTREMELY unpopular in my world. Please consider recommending that TPWD reconsider this emergency action I suggest working with groups outside of CCA to gain real knowledge of what is happening. One such group the Coastal Bend Guides Association. ( CBGA)Most fishermen, including myself think 3 trout is ok temporarily., A new slot needs to be considered , for example 15-20. Perhaps allowing for one trout over that length per month/year that was somehow not fit to be released. The average trout fishermen really want to eat trout not hang them on the wall.
You can use the form below to sign my petition or if you prefer click here to contact a TPWD Commissioner via their page. *Contact information will only be shared with State Officials, none of your information will be used for commercial/marketing purposes.
If enough Texas fisherman contact the Governor and TPWD maybe we can get them to address the Texas Speckled Trout limit issue now instead of next year678