NC WRC doesn't regulate the red drum, NC Division of Marine Fisheries does (as they do with most saltwater fish).I believe that you can keep your limit of 1 redfish per day, in the proper size, from a cast net. (recreational salt water license possession assumed)
Because NC doesn't recognize redfish as game fish.
Odd as heck... Since in freshwater, you couldn't even legally keep a bluegill you caught in a cast net.
The question asking if netters can target reds was a commercial question.Crappie89 - Those are commercial rules, not recreational.
That does not apply to cast nets, which I'm thinking the OP is referring to.To recreationally use a net you must hold a Recreational Commercial Gear License. You can't TARGET reds and the recreational limit of 1 fish applies if one were to be captured as by catch.
Never heard anyone refer to someone using a cast net as a "netter". The term "netter" is most often used to refer to a commercial fisherman using a gillnet. Also, if fishing in inland water a cast net is an illegal method of taking your limit of 1 recreational red drum because inland rules state that the only legal method of take is hook and line. When in joint or coastal waters, there aren't any rules saying you can't use a cast net. They simply state that you can't gig, spear, or gaff them.That does not apply to cast nets, which I'm thinking the OP is referring to.
Now THAT is a can of worms that can't be discussed on this forum..... Suffice to say, it's pretty easy for a commercial fisherman to say that he's targeting mullet or flounder to catch & sell drumI catch your drift SurfRider. What I don't get is the fact you can't target them
but can keep them.