Senate Subcommittee on Redfish

Columbia, S.C. - The subcommittee of the South Carolina Senate Fish, Game, and Forestry committee took a vital step yesterday in the recovery and the conservation of South Carolina’s most popular saltwater gamefish, red drum. The legislation, S. 933, would make several key adjustments to existing management measures, including a reduction in the daily creel limit from three fish to two fish per person. Additionally, it creates a new daily limit of six fish per boat. The current slot limit of 15-23 inches would be retained.

        "We applaud the steps the subcommittee took concerning the stewardship of red drum and we look forward to working with the state to implement this essential piece of conservation-minded legislation," said Mike Able, CCA SC Government Relations committee chairman. "We understand we are in the early stages of the legislative process, but we are optimistic that every management option will be considered for the sustainability of this immensely popular species."

Red drum is regionally managed by a fishery management plan under the guidance of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The ASMFC plan calls for a regional spawning potential ratio of 40 percent for the species. That rate has fluctuated between 30 and 40 percent over the last 10 years, but currently in South Carolina waters the rate is estimated at approximately 20 percent. South Carolina has seen slightly lower numbers in the past, nearly two decades ago, but with the cooperation of decision makers, fisheries managers, and the angling public, measures put in place to reverse that ratio were productive and the current effort is fully expected to yield similar results to put red drum back on solid footing.

Thanks for posting, Jim.

Personally, i actually dont keep many Reds. But, I think if they were to go to an 18 to 26" slot, with two fish per person limit, nothing would have been accomplished.

Those over 23" are the future and need to spawn.

My 2 cents.


I concur with NN (except not only do I not keep many reds - I can’t seem to ever catch any). Now the next step is just as important in my opinion - step up enforcement by adding more officers in the field (on the water).

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Beside reducing the take, we need to study the facts as to the decline in the population and I don’t think it is overfishing by the average man!

more regulations… where do i sign up!

I do not think it’s an overfishing thing either. I think many of the fish have moved. I see many more up rivers now. Flats and marshes seem to have half as many. Find laydowns up rivers and they are full.

Any word on whether this legislation (S. 933) was signed or not? Also, when would it go into effect?

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Thanks, Jim. I wouldn’t mind a four fish per boat limit and more enforcement.

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Passed the Senate without opposition weeks ago, problem is House bill is not exactly the same prohibits taking reds year around with gig. not likely to be very popular with Senators. stay tuned