Below is a press release regarding the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division proposals as presented to the commission last week.
After the regulation proposals are published in the Texas Register in early February, you may comment online by clicking the public comments section on the TPWD home page. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
TPWD will be hosting a series of statewide public hearings in February and March at which you will have the opportunity to present your comments. The schedule for the hearings is available at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/meetings/statewide_hearings
The TPWD Commission will make final decisions about proposed regulations at its March 25-26 meeting in
. There will be opportunity for public testimony at the commission meeting and the link to the commission meeting schedule can be found at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/meetings Austin
You may also submit any comments to:
Tonya Wiley-Upper Coast Outreach Specialist- email@example.com 281-534-0131
Art Morris-Lower Coast Outreach Specialist- firstname.lastname@example.org 361-825-3356
Flounder, Paddle Craft Guides and Consistency with Fed Regs Top Coastal Fisheries Issues at TPW Commission Hearing
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners Wednesday approved several proposed changes to saltwater fishing regulations recommended by TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division staff. The changes include new regulations dealing with flounder, federal consistency issues for sharks and other species, and a paddle craft licensing and training program. Scoping of these issues has been ongoing since the fall of 2008.
The Coastal Fisheries Division proposals are part of statewide proposed hunting and fishing regulation changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. The
Details about the possible regulation changes can be found below, and TPWD invites the public to weigh in on these possible proposals by clicking the public comments section on the TPWD home page.
Flounder — As briefed at the August Commission meeting Coastal Fisheries biologists believe that long-term downward trends in the southern flounder fishery warrant consideration of proposed regulations that will reverse the downward trend in abundance. The proposal approved by the Commission for publication in the Texas Register includes a statewide closure for the month of November. Additionally, the proposal would change bag limits to five fish for recreational anglers and 30 fish for commercial anglers. Possession limits for flounder are the same as bag limits.
Federal Consistency - Coastal Fisheries staff continue to look at several species managed jointly with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the
Sharks — Specifically, this item will change the minimum length limit for those species allowed from 24 inches total length (TL) to 64 inches TL, except for Atlantic sharpnose, blacktip, and bonnethead sharks which will retain the current 24 inch TL minimum length limit. For the allowable shark species the bag limit will remain one fish per person per day and a two fish possession limit. In addition a prohibited list (zero bag limit) will be established for the following shark species:
- Atlantic angel, Squatina dumerili
- Basking, Cetorhinus maximus
- Bigeye sand tiger, Odontaspis noronhai
- Bigeye sixgill, Hexanchus vitulus
- Bigeye thresher, Alopias superciliosus
- Bignose, Carcharhinus altimus
Caribbeanreef, Carcharhinus perezi Caribbeansharpnose, Rhizoprionodon porosus
- Dusky, Carcharhinus obscurus
- Galapagos, Carcharhinus galapagensis
- Longfin mako, Isurus paucus
- Narrowtooth, Carcharhinus brachyurus
- Night, Carcharhinus signatus
- Sandbar, Carcharhinus plumbeus
- Sand tiger, Odontaspis taurus
- Sevengill, Heptranchias perlo
- Silky, Carcharhinus falciformis
- Sixgill, Hexanchus griseus
- Smalltail, Carcharhinus porosus
- Whale, Rhincodon typus
- White, Carcharodon carcharias
Other Species — The proposed amendments include species that have been found to be in an overfished condition or undergoing overfishing. The proposed changes include: increasing the minimum size limit for greater amberjack from 32 inches to 34 inches TL, and establishing minimum size limits of 14 inches for gray triggerfish and 22 inches for gag. The bag limit for gray triggerfish would be 20 per person and for gag grouper it would be set at 2 per person with the possession limits being twice the daily bag limit.
Paddle Craft Licensing — A proposal to consider a change that would allow paddle craft operators to receive a saltwater guide license by establishing a different set of requirements other than a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Operator of an Uninspected Passenger Vessel license. The USCG license current requirements may fail to address the unique safety issues associated with paddle craft and also may be restricting the licensing of paddle craft guides due to the "sea time" requirement. The proposal will create a paddle craft guide license and in order to receive the license the guide will have to show certification or proof of completion of a TPWD boater safety course and CPR/First Aid training, and completion of the American Canoe Association "Level II Essentials of Kayak Touring" and "Coastal Kayak Trip Leading" courses or British Canoe Union "Three Star Sea Kayak" and "Four Star Leader Sea Kayak" courses.
Fisheries Outreach Specialist
Coastal Fisheries Division
Science and Policy Resources Branch
1502 FM 517E
Working in the SEA booth was a lot of fun selling raffle tickets to win a very nice fishin boat. Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association does a lot to support our fisheries locally. That means the funds they raise stay right here in are area. They had a terrific weekend and area appreciative of the support from the community. You should also consider joining the association.
We had several people give advice on the best boat and accessories to get for best fishing. We are certainly thankful to your emails and comments.
I was surprised not to see the Mosca, Majek boats at the show boat was able to see several others that might fit our fishin needs.
I was able to visit with every boat dealer for fishing in the Laguna Madre over the weekend and found several boats that we liked. I was looking for a 22' long boat w/at least a 200hp outboard.
The Haynie is a nice boat but I was looking for a double hull or liner that added appeal and comfort. The Ranger & Nortic Star were possibilities because of there appeal, accessories to enhance your fishin.
The Skeeter 22' seemed like a real possibility sporting the only tunnel hull in it's class. Typically known for there bass boats they have another class of boat that run in saltwater. We made arrangements to test drive on Saturday and it did perform very well in choppy waters. We tested the set-up for trolling and also perform very well.
Looked at the Skout's and they seem to have the most room on the boat for fishing. I had a chance to visit with Huff himself! Wow, what a pleasure to meet a guy who use to race when he was younger and fishin his whole life. The story's he can tell and share with us I bet are great! He's 93 years old now and still supporting his daughter in the boat business. What a treasure Corpus Christi has in Huff.
Checked out a Blue Wave and it was probably in the top 3 on my list of possibilities. I liked the trim appeal and accessories and the back fold-out seating.
The Blazer Bay was a very nice looking boat that seemed to fit a lot of what we were looking for with a lot a accessories and a 4 stroke 250 Susuki. Though it didn't have a tunnel hull, it certainly sports a nice motor with trim tabs and other features on the boat. The team at Ron Hoover seem to be more prepared to answer questions and deal.
After you get through all the fluff of comparing boats this time around it came down to 2 boats. We like the Skeeter & the Blazer Bay. At this time its simply whether or not we can make a deal. I haven't test driven the Blazer Bay yet which may happen soon.
Even if we are not able to work a deal out at this time we certainly learned a lot about boats this past weekend. What a terrific venue to maximize the consumer's time and have most of the boat dealers all at one place where we get to shop and compare. There's no right or wrong answer to which is the best boat. It's which is the best boat for you and your family.
I really think that the dealers that missed the show missed a great opportunity. Even though the economy is in a slump, you still have to get your product out in view of the public. Owners make claims of "We are word of mouth only" kind of stuff. In my humble opinion all there doing is maintaining or going backwards in there business, you really can't be growing your company with-out going after new customers. (Anyway, that's for another blog)
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Hope your new year is starting off the way you wanted. This month seems to be flying by very fast. Thought I would let you know that I'll be at the Corpus Christi Boat show this weekend taking a look at what's available in boats. The choices we have today for fishing the Texas Coastal Bend is amazing! What kind of boat should I get? A Haynie... A Mosca... or Mejak? or one of the several other brands available.
Recently I picked up a Kayak at Jerry B's and equipped it for fishing. Took it out for a test drive and it was great! My biggest concern for buying a kayak was having a Kayak with the closest thing to a Lazy Boy for a seat placed in it for comfort. Since I'm older in age comfort is more important to me. I'm looking forward to Joining the Third Coast Kayak Fishing Series this February. They put on a great Kayak fishing tournament. Kayak's are such a personal water craft that it really needs to fit your your personality and meet your needs for fishing or recreation. Jerry B's really can get you set up right!
I guess Fishing Boats are very much the same idea. Of coarse there are similar features between boats but I'll be looking for something that will let me drift fish in shallows like 9 Mile Hole or Emmords Hole, get me to Baffin Bay with-out getting wet or sunk, Get me to the Land Cut quick, and Easily anchor/stick up by Packery Channel. Also, enjoy sight seeing with family and groups of friends, water skiing parties and other water sports. And I certainly can't leave out the boat being Comfortable for Myself and Passengers. Oh ya... Enjoy sunsets with my wife :o)
Again, Looking forward to seeing what's available!
Today I'll be at the SEA booth helping them sell raffle tickets & SEA memberships. (Some Lucky Person is going to win a new fishing boat) This is a really great organization that enhances our local fisheries! Hope you'll stop by!
Also, coming up is the Baffin Bay Rodeo! $10,000 1st place prize.
JustGoFishin.com has created a list of fishing tournaments that we recommend you sign up and test your angling skills with your local peers. Stop by for updates & fishing tournament photos. See who are the defending Champions from last year.