The annual Houston Fishing Show is now taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and what a perfect time for it.

With the poor weather for fishing lately this is an excellent time to go visit with the fishing guides, charter boat operators and many other individuals and vendors associated with fishing. The show runs through Sunday at 6:00 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $3 for ages six to 12.

In response to Wednesday’s article on comparing the differences and similarities of sand trout and Gulf trout, John Wheeler sent a note asking why there is not a bag or size limit on either fish.

Wheeler was cleaning his fish at the yacht basin cleaning table last November when two anglers dumped over 100 sand and Gulf trout on the cleaning table and proceeded to attempt to clean them. Many were too small to clean and were tossed to pelicans waiting for a free lunch.

He said that he just cannot understand why the regulators allow that tasty fish to be wasted and should enact a reasonable size and bag limit on both sand trout and Gulf trout.

First, I want to say that it is illegal to waste fish.

Regarding the bag or size limits, both species of trout are prolific reproducers and with all of the pressure on them, they continue to thrive well. I used to ask the same question about Dorado or Dolphin fish and found the answer to be the same.

Sportsmen do not waste fish and retain only enough to satisfy their needs. I am not sure what the motivation would be for two anglers to keep over 100 sandies; however, if they were wasting fish there is no need for that regardless of whether it was breaking the law.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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