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Friday, July 08, 2005

Saltwater Fishing License

The House gave the initial OK to a massive rewrite of a flawed fishing license law passed last year that would require coastal saltwater anglers to get permits for the first time. Senate Bill 1126 would still require coastal recreational fishermen to get a license to fish, but it also would create a unified permit to fish in all public waters. Freshwater and commercial fishermen are already required to get a license. Proceeds from the new coastal recreational licenses would go to grants to improve marine resources. This is an important step in our state's 8-year effort to overhaul fishery management. North Carolina has been the only state on the Southeast coast without a recreational license. Bill opponents focused on a provision that would allow state fisheries inspectors the power to enforce federal marine fisheries law on out-of-state fishing vessels (which would draw down more than $1million in federal money). They also did not like the idea of requiring coastal residents to get a permit to fish off an inlet that may be in their backyard. The bill was tentatively approved 74-43 on Wednesday and received final approval by a vote of 73-34 on Thursday.


At 1:52 AM, Blogger Quit Smoking said...

Hello fellow fisherman,

Did you know that 16% of the U.S. population goes fishing at least 16 days a year?

Did you also know that over 75% of the nations fishermen do not fish during "prime time"; fish feeding hours?

Those precious few moments before twilight can be absolutely magical. Even up until 11pm at night, the largest predators of any species feed ravenously.

Don't believe me? Check out Daniel Eggertsen's story, and a picture of a couple of his catches here : "Evening Secrets plus more"

I want you to do me a favor and try it out so I can see what you think of it, and if it works for you as well as it did for me.

You will be one of the first to try it out.

Gone Fishin',


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