Cold Stun Events Bolster Argument for Game Fish Designation for NC Speckled Trout
The fact that the Speckled Trout (Spotted Sea Trout) is the number one targeted saltwater sportfish in NC by saltwater anglers, and it is also targeted ferociously in the winter months by commercial netters and giggers in their winter sanctuary creeks, makes the argument for "game fish" status for statewide waters even more potent!
The combination of recreational fishing pressure, commercial netting and gigging, and the natural phenomenon of Cold Stun events, create an ever increasing pressure on the sustainability of this fish that cannot continue.
The commercial harvest of this fish must come to a halt now. The Speckled Trout is a "game fish" in inland waters, and should be afforded this protection throughout all NC waters.
Hatteras Connection is a community-based project dedicated to sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship, and working to ensure a future for new generations of watermen on Hatteras Island.