TPWD Taking Public Comment on Proposed Regulation Changes for Trotlines and Other Related Gears
AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the regulations on passive fishing gear (jug lines, minnow traps, perch traps, throwlines, and trotlines), which includes adding requirements and specifications for floats and reducing the valid period for gear tags to reduce the negative impacts of abandoned passive fishing gear in Texas public waters.
“Abandoned passive fishing gear is not easily identified and can harm fish and wildlife resources and present a nuisance and safety hazard to recreational users of public water bodies,” said Jarret Barker, TPWD Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement. “These proposed changes would aid in identifying and monitoring lawful passive fishing gear and help facilitate the removal of abandoned gear.”
The proposed changes would require that passive fishing gear have properly marked gear tags and floats attached to aid in distinguishing active fishing gear from abandoned fishing gear and litter. These changes include adding a customer number from a valid fishing license on the gear tag and marking all passive fishing gear with floats that are at least 6 inches in length and not less than 3 inches in width. Floats for recreational anglers can be any color other than orange. Commercial fishing license holders will be required to use orange-colored floats.
The changes would also reduce the period of validity for a gear tag from 10 days to four days to shorten the fishing time between angler inspections of their gear. Scientific investigations conducted by the department show that fish mortalities as a result of “ghost fishing” (the continuing of effect of unattended passive gears) can increase after four days. Such devices can continue to fish and represent a danger to fish and other aquatic organisms when they are abandoned. Requiring the gear tag and the accompanying gear to be checked more frequently than 10 days should reduce those unintended mortalities.
Additionally, the removal of abandoned fishing gear will have the additional benefit of reducing threats to human health and safety.
The proposed regulation changes will be available for review in the September 27 edition of the Texas Register. The public comment period is open through Nov. 7, when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet to vote on adopting these changes.
Comments on the proposed changes may be submitted to Jarret Barker by phone (512) 389-4853 or email jarret.barker. Comments also may be submitted via the department’s website at https://www.tpwd.texas.gov/business/feedback/public_comment/ or in person during the TPW Commission meeting Nov. 7 at 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744.
We had a good time this morning chasing solid trout up to
24”. It was slow at first light with calm winds, but as the morning went on the
wind picked up to a steady 10-12mph ESE.
With water still high most all our fish were found within
40 yards of the bank. Had a few fish slap the topwater, but what they couldn’t
turn down was soft plastics. DSL chicken of the c, and Bass Assassin electric
shad did the trick.
Give us a call to get in on this late summer/early fall
The reds didn’t want to play at first light this morning. We watched a few fish come from the deep, and once they were in range wanted nothing to do with us. After a couple hours of waiting them out, to see if their attitudes would change, we decided to move onto new waters.
Luckily our new area had 2 small schools of reds feeding aggressively. We managed a few double hook ups, and lost a couple before calling it a day.
DSL’s victorious secret super model and FINS windtamer 20# braid got the job done. The weather looks good in the extended forecast, if you don’t care to wade come try your hand at sight casting. Plenty of dates available in Sept/Oct.
The sight casting day started off a litte questionable,
with the much needed rain in the area.
We started off drifting the grass flats throwing hunch backs and black
Around 9:30 storms died along with the wind, the sun came
out and we got the chance to chase one small school. Then we set up the tower and right away had
reds on the surface wanting our DSL victorious secret and white ice super
Fun day sight cast with Bobby Sullivan. Perfect wind and sunny conditions. Redfish were aggressive early up on the flats, then around 11am they fell out to deeper water. DSL super models victorious secret, color x, and hogie lures did the trick.
Plenty of dates open for August and September if anybody wants to get in on this Middle Coast action. Whether it’s wading or sight casting, give us a call to book your trip.
Definitely a top 3 in days of sight casting reds. We never had to set up the tower, because the large school of 100 fish stayed on the surface all day.
Throwing gold, black, and copper spoons we had several triple hook ups and countless doubles. So much fun watching reds tail and float on the surface. The weather was great, plenty of sun and 5-15mph ENE winds makes the water clear. Good enough to see the orange ball moving around!
Girls can too! Lots of fun on this evening trip. These ladies were on ‘em before sunset until the storm ran us off.
We waded crotch to waist deep sand pockets throwing DSL strawberry wine. Lots of trout 16-18”, and a few that slipped away. Good times had by all! Thanks Brett and Carrie Garmany Mauthe for a fun evening.
What a great way to spend the long weekend.. fishing in Seadrift on our new boat.. We recently picked up this very clean used boat from an old family friend, Ronnie Hubbell. Ronnie and our family go way back like 50 years. He started working for my dad when he was about 18 at Portland Marine and became and invaluable employee and lifelong friend. Later on he went off on his own and started up Ronnie’s Marine in Aransas Pass.
It was a great weekend learning both the area better as well as the boat. My first time running a tunnel hull and a boat with a jack plate. A bit to learn and get a feel for it’s shallow water capabilities Really not wanting to get stuck we took it cautiously over a few trips and I would be lying if I said we weren’t a bit nervous getting into shallower and shallower water. We were able to run into some of the lakes and the thing that kept going off in my head was from Ronnie “It will run shallower that it will float” meaning that while you might be able to run in under a foot of water you might not make it out if you stop! We ran cautiously but were able to twice get it in about as shallow of water as we felt we could run.. a bit nerve wracking, wide open, tripped all the way out and feeling the skeg of the engine bumping bottom but knew we had deeper water ahead and rocked on.
When you see a pelican standing 20 ft from where you are about to run through.. oh boy…
We are geniuinely impressed with the construction of the boat, the layout, storage, design and construction. It’s not a “fancy” boat by any means but it is solid and handles chop and some big waves in the bay very well. It’s also a very dry boat. We have been out on it for 3 weekends and never once got wet, and we ran across bays numerous times in 15-5 mph winds. The 115 Yamaha has a 4 blade stainless prop and pops out of water fast and gets on plane quickly. Jack the motor all the way up and trim all the way in and hammer down!
Looking forward to more time on the water for sure!