Characteristics, attitudes and preferences of shore-based Spring black drum anglers in Galveston Bay, Texas
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Anglers fishing from shore during March 1982 were interviewed onsite during the spring black drum (Pogonias cromis) run in Galveston Bay. Most (84%) of the 337 anglers interviewed reported black drum as the primary species they were fishing for on this trip. However, only about 4% of the drum anglers reported black drum as the most important species sought throughout the year. Black drum anglers spent about $275 for reels, rods, and tackle per person during the previous year. Their combined purchases in the previous year totaled $77,600. Black drum anglers ranked the relaxation aspect of fishing the highest among 15 reasons for fishing. No significant differences were revealed among the next four reasons for fishing: to be outdoors, for the challenge or sport, to get away from the regular routine and for the experience of the catch. About 20% were either neutral or in agreement with the phrase it doesn't matter to me what type of fish I catch and I'm just as happy if I don't keep the fish I catch. The majority of black drum anglers felt that current restrictions were adequate. Less than 20% supported gear or size limits for black drum, but 40% thought there should be a possession limit.