Visiting fishermen say gamefish protection would benefit coastal tourism and economies

Out-of-state tournament fishermen promise they won’t return until net conflicts are resolved; IFA tournament trail eliminates annual visit.

Posted on January 26, 2012 by Jerry Dilsaver, North Carolina Sportsman

Even in the current depressed economy, fishermen plan their vacations around catching fish. It’s the opinion of many fishermen that North Carolina is losing out on plenty of tourist dollars that could wind up in the state’s economy if the legislature designates red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as gamefish.

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