Survey of finfish harvest by sport fishermen in selected Texas Bays, September - August 1974 - 1976 and 1979 - 1980




McEachron, L.W., A.W. Green, and L.Z. Barrington

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Fisheries Branch


A survey of sport fishermen was conducted during a 3-yr period. The coastal bays were combined into seven primary survey areas of which four (Galveston Bay, San Antonio Bay, Aransas Bay and upper Laguna Madre) were surveyed from September 1974 through August 1975 and the remaining three (Matagorda Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and lower Laguna Madre) were surveyed from September 1975 through August 1976. From 1979 through 1980 all seven bays were surveyed. The 1974-75 and 1975-76 data were combined so that it could be compared to the 1979-1980 data. Catch estimates were derived from completed trip interviews at stratified locations within each bay (boat ramp, wade/bank and lighted pier areas). Pressure estimates were obtained by roving counters who drove through each area. The rover counted the numbers of fishermen at all shoreline access areas and the numbers of boat trailers at all boat ramps within each respective survey area.


221 pgs.


sport fishing, catch/effort, catch statistics, fishing, fishing surveys