TexasJim wrote:Unbelievable! All but two Louisiana parishes allow 25 Specks per day, with a 12-inch minimum. I thought it might be time for TPWD to restore the 10 per day limit in the lower Texas coast, not decrease the upper coast bag limit. I know the Red Snapper sportsman regs are in control of the Commercial fishermen, but the Specks? Geez! Y'all go and scream loud! TexasJim
Ahh, the old Louisiana argument. It's about the only thing I know of where people argue that Cajuns are smarter other than food. SMH.
Take a look. Calcasieu has reduced its limits and needs to reduce them more. Can't catch a 5 lb trout there to save your life most days the last 5 years. I used to catch one nearly every trip (10-15 trips there a year from 2001 to 2013) and no small numbers of 6 & 7 pounders, along with 10 or better 2 or 3 pounders almost every trip.
The total population of the state of Louisiana is 4.2 million. Houston alone has more than that all by its lonesome. Count the Houston Metro area and Katy, Kingwood, Cypress, The Woodlands and Baytown and we're talking 6 million people. Consider that Louisiana has many more acres of viable marsh than Texas (yet only a fraction of miles of coast line) and a small fraction of the pressure (we must have 2-3 times the pressure per acre of fishable water).
Comparing Texas to Louisiana is not a good argument
I fish more from Matagorda to San Antonio Bay these days and the 5 trout limits down there have made things better. Before the 2018 January freeze, big trout numbers were rising steadily in the POC area. Matagorda has seen phenomenal fishing, both size and numbers, in the last three years (by people that know what they are doing), as compared to before the limit reduction.