New limits on red drum fishing appear imminent, S.C. Wahoo Series picks up

Both bodies of the South Carolina Legislature are in near-unanimous agreement that new, more restrictive laws are needed to protect the Palmetto State’s population of red drum, but there are simultaneous bills under consideration by the two bodies, with one difference. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved its version of the bill by a 106-1 vote.

The House version includes a ban on gigging of red drum to go with a reduction in the daily bag limit from three fish per person per day to two, and a first-time boat limit of six red drum per day. The Senate version, approved in mid-February by a 40-0 vote, includes the same reduction in the bag limit and the new boat limit but does not include the ban on gigging of red drum.

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