Blame your elected officials
April 17, 2012 at 3:08pm
Check out Texas's saltwater fishing regs.http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/fish/saltwater_limits.phtml
4 red snapper ALL YEAR LONG within Texas state water WHICH IS 9 MILES FROM SHORE!!!! I have a couple of friends that snapper fish in Texas. One guy fishes red snapper within 3-4miles from shore. He fishes rock reefs for snapper and finishes the day bass fishing on the same boat and trip.
Why does Texas enjoy a 9 mile boundary when LA only gets 3? BTW, Florida's West coast also has a 9 mile boundary. I would have to assume that our brilliant legislators of the past either dropped the ball or sold us out. Maybe it has something to do with all the extra money the Fed Govt gets from all the rigs/leases in the extra 6 miles. I don't know, but I am pretty sure that the Fed regs are set on the total harvests for the entire Gulf (including Texas's all year 4 snapper limit). So as I understand it, Texans get to fish snapper all year and cut into the total recreational quota, helping us have shorter seasons every year.
I realize that there are huge areas throughout the coast that wouldn't have access to red snapper even if the state waters extended 9 miles, but it is the principle that burns me. I usually fish out of GI and Fourchon, and you can sometimes catch them within 9 miles, especially in cooler water.
Wake up people! These regs aren't to 'protect' the snapper fishery. I guess the tree huggers in DC haven't found out how many mangroves are caught off our coast yet or else there would be a tiny limit as well. Of course not, mangroves only live around mangrove trees, they could not possibly thrive around mean, dirty, evil, polluting oil rigs that eat the souls of every living creature in the ocean. The purpose of these regs are to hurt us, the sportsman, and to make offshore fishing impossible for most people since they don't have enough support to just make it totally illegal. $5+ marina gas and a 40 day, 2 snapper limit? Whats the point of fishing a rig in snapper territory? 90% of any fish caught at a rig from 50ft - 300ft are going to be red snapper. I caught a 20'' snapper on a sabiki at a buoy in open water last year. They are crawling all over the gulf like maggots on sh*t!
Sorry I needed to vent!