If you hold a recreational salt water fishing license in the state of SC, you should have been invited to participate in a survey about managing the sheepshead fishery. Dewees Island is a great place to catch sheepshead, and we watched some seasoned anglers take home a great dinner from the ferry dock the other day. And on Sunday, Captain Tripp pointed out a large sheepshead that has been tailing in the high marsh at high tide.
Currently, the state limit is 20 fish per day, and the state is seeking input about whether the fishery should be managed– perhaps more conservatively. On Dewees Island, we only keep what we can eat in one meal, but you may have opinions about whether the statewide catch limit per day should be reduced to 10, or the fork length to 12 inches.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is conducting an Online Survey and a series of Public Meetings to collect input from stakeholders on management of the sheepshead fishery in SC.The online survey is available at the link below: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/sheepshead/