Cold Leads NC To Halt Harvest Of Speckled Trout

North Carolina is halting the commercial and recreational harvesting of speckled trout to protect stocks of the fish.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries will institute an indefinite halt to fishing for the trout starting at noon on Friday.

Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman Rob Bizzell says the decision comes after "cold stun" events in rivers, bays and creeks along the coast.

When the trout are stunned by cold temperatures, they come to the surface to warm up, making them easy to catch.

The ban will last until at least Feb. 11, when the Marine Fisheries Commission will consider the closure at its meeting in Pine Knoll Shores.


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  • by Jim Location: Hyde on Jan 21, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Do you know what happened this weekend on sunday 16th with the commercial trawlers. Thousands of dead fished caught in their nets. More bycatch dead ones to keep culling for bigger ones. The NCDMF causes this. A netter in one good day will Kill more than the rod and reelers will in more than 20 lifetimes. Plus kill all the babies they would have had just to line their pocketbooks. They would catch and sell the last mating pair on earth for their greedy dollar. All states but us have stopped the netters and their fish came back by the millions. We have a crooked NCDMF and their members own fish buy and sell companies. They are very wealthy and we rod and reelers and our families pay the price!! Most people do not realize the Damage and killing these netters do to sell these unfresh Money fish. We like to catch our own fish.
  • by jamie singleton Location: new bern, nc on Jan 18, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    these trout are dead. make no mistake. i found a dead 7lb speck in the trent river! today. it was in a 22ft hole that was cold from the bottom up (as we measured with a probe). Judged from the smell and it's mud covered body, it had been laying dead in that hole for at least 2 weeks. found no tag. point is, quit complaining about the closure and start thinking about the big picture. this is a finite resource and care should be taken.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 14, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    There are less people buying license evey year,the wrc & marine fishery division have to get money from somewhere so enact a law and getum boy's.
  • by Tyrel Location: Washington on Jan 14, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    Commercial Fisherman feed people that don't or can't go fishing or can't afford the boats or tackle. Thank you Commercial Fisherman for supplying fish for me to buy and eat.
  • by todd Location: liddell on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    remember the same goverment that tells us that me and my kin rod and reel fishing for a few hours this week will deplete the fishery also came up with the death tax that taxes dead people trying to pass family farms on to their kids, the marriage tax penalty whereas for the last 34 years married people paid higher tax filing jointly than people shacked up, and the same government will have our kids in charge of a tank and getting blown up at 18 but wont let the soldiers buy a beer until 21 some people are sheep some are wolves you sheep put away your fishing gear for 3 weeks the fish will still die if it gets too cold
  • by todd Location: liddell on Jan 14, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    witn really should require people to put their names its easy to talk down to someone or judge them while hiding
  • by to Todd on Jan 14, 2011 at 03:11 PM
    thats fine, do what you want which will make you a criminal. I hope you dont have any kids that you are supposedly setting an example for. I taught my kids to obey the laws whether you agree with them or not. I you dont agree with a law or rule you dont just break it you go through the process of trying to change it. If it cant be changed then you live with it. Kids learn by what they see their parents do and if you break a law because you disagree with it then your kids will do the same and thats bad parenting. Hope your illegally caught fish have an extra dose of mercury...
  • by To nofish on Jan 14, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    You are correct. Heck the commercial netters throw away more dead fish, as bycatch, than any recreational fisherman in ENC catches on purpose. I love fishing and rarely, if ever, keep anything. Heck, I have a hard time finding fish anymore. Let's follow the examples set by Virginia and Florida, among others, where netting has been outlawed for a few years.
  • by nofish Location: greenville on Jan 14, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    This is just for coastal waters, not inland waters! If they would eliminate the commercial netting of fish for 10yrs or maybe altogether, we would have some fish again. Then these cold snaps would hurt stocks so bad. It would be awesome if we had enough fish stocks to support commercial fishing, but we don't. You can't just keep taking them all, and not work on ways to replenish. If every single recreational fishermen in Pitt County caught limits on a weekend, we couldn't equal the fish caught in 2 nets. Don't think the commercial guys are going to stop because of this ruling. No way! You will have to take an old picture of fish with you after while if you want to see one while fishing..They will all be gone if we don't stop commercial fishing and polluting our waters. We could all enjoy the days of old again!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    outlaw inshore netting and these cold snap trout kills will be insignificant if NC had the sense to look at Virginia's inshore fisheries and what getting the netters out does, they'd get the idea
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