Characteristics, attitudes and preferences of shore-based Spring black drum anglers in Galveston Bay, Texas




Ditton, R.B.
Holland, S.M.
Choi, S.
Matlock, G.C.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Fisheries Branch


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.


23 pgs.


fishing, black drum, Pogonias cromis, sport fishing