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I was in Diamond Shoals last night for dinner and they had Red Drum on the menu.
I thought they stopped commerical fishing for them?
 

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As someone pointed out to me when a similar issue was brought up. It was banned in federal waters but not state waters! the striped bass.
 

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I was in Diamond Shoals last night for dinner and they had Red Drum on the menu.
I thought they stopped commerical fishing for them?
They can be kept as a bycatch.. Not sure how many,I think 5 in the slot... They must have a certian percentage,I think 75% (don't quote me on that) has to be other keepable sellable fish....
 

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I've seen red drum in fish markets in the last few weeks. Philips Seafood in Swansboro usually has a couple of nice ones on the ice. All their fish are local and I'm sure it's legal...
 

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It's either 5 or 7 in the slot that they are allowed. Redfish usually are bicatch on trout or flounder nets. With the ability to keep only 5 or 7, you aren't going to see commecial guys target them, unless they are working illegally.
 
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