An evaluation of sport-boat fishing on winter holiday-related days

Date

1986

Authors

Weixelman, M.G.
Green, A.W.

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Publisher

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Fisheries Branch

Abstract

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) does not survey sport fishermen on holiday-related days (the day after Thanksgiving, the days before and after Christmas, and the day before the New Year. But assigns means for pressure and landings to those days based on their day type (weekend or weekday). Total winter sport-boat fishing activity (number of fishing interviews obtained) on weekend days, on weekdays and on four holiday-related days were compared using multiple regression analysis to see if the practice of assigning means to the holiday-related days based on their day type resulted in the most precise pressure estimates. Fishing activity during holiday-related days was as low or lower than weekday activity and was significantly lower than weekend activity. Therefore, for the purpose of estimating fishing activity for recreational landings, the day after Thanksgiving, the days before and after Christmas and the day before the New Year should be considered weekdays, regardless of actual day type. The variation in the number of angler interviews was a function of temperature, windspeed, and mean site pressure for weekend and weekday day types (measured activity at ramps from September 1974-September 1984). Fishing activity during holiday-related days was correlated with temperature and windspeed but not correlated with mean site pressure.

Description

27 pgs.

Keywords

sport fishing, sport fishing statistics, recreation

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