The Future Of Gator Trout – Introducing Release Over 20″ Initiative
By: Joseph Simonds on May 28, 2020
Did you know that almost every speckled trout over 20 inches is a female?
And did you know that only 0.8% of trout will live to 4 years old and grow 20″ long?
Here’s the real kicker…
The larger the trout, the more eggs she can reproduce… and the larger she is, the more likely her offspring will grow to become large gator trout as well (just like two super-tall humans have a much more likely chance of having tall kids).
Catching big trout is rare, and if we’re not careful, it will become even rarer…
The truth is, fish habitat is declining, water quality is declining, and fishing pressure is increasing.
We hear all these stories about fishing back in the day… how many fish there were, and how big they were.
Well, if we don’t make a change, things are just going to get worse.
So what can we do?
We can take conservation into our own hands.
We don’t have to rely on our state laws to tell us what we can’t keep because, in some states, the limits aren’t strict enough.
For example, in South Carolina, there is no upper limit for speckled trout.
But a trout over 20″ releases 20 million eggs per season, so for every trout over 20″ that’s kept, that’s 20 million fewer eggs released into the estuaries in the next year alone.
Compare that to an 11″ trout that only releases three million eggs, and you can see how valuable these big trout are.
And that doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that eggs from a big trout are more valuable because these fish are proven to live long and grow large.
This is why Dave Fladd, cofounder of Eye Strike, started the Release Over 20 Initiative.
He set his own limits for himself and now releases every trout over 20″.
This Release Over 20 Initiative has been catching a lot of momentum, as other anglers who also want to see a better future of fishing are coming onboard.
Now he’s not saying you should never keep trout, but if we all take a stand, keep fewer trout, and release the big ones, the future of fishing is much brighter.
Check out this podcast interview with Dave below to learn more about the Release Over 20 Initiative and how you can make an impact today.
The Future Of Gator Trout [PODCAST]
I love that Dave is getting the Release Over 20 Initiative going and that he’s getting so much support.
If we can all stand behind this, release the bigger fish, and only keep what we need, the future of fishing can be great again.
I would love to get back to the times where fishing is so bountiful, people these days won’t believe the stories.
But if we don’t make a change, our fisheries will only get worse.
What do you think about the Release Over 20 Initiative?
Let me know in the comments below!
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