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Focus on replenishing flounder at Flat Bottom Flounder Tournament

Local fishermen delivered loads of flounder to Dockside Restaurant in Wrightsville Beach Saturday. It was all for the Fifth Annual Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament. Fish for Tomorrow, a program that focuses its efforts on replenishing the dwindling number of flounder left in the Cape Fear region, held the tournament. The caught fish are kept alive and donated to UNCW and NC State to use for breeding. Founder Tim Barefoot said, "Every business along coastal communities in North Carolina are affected by good or bad fishing. Flounder fishing has taken a major dive, and as far as we're concerned, it needs to be corrected." The biggest flounder caught during the tournament weighed 6.1 pounds. The Got-Em-On Live Bait Club out of Carolina Beach won the Kay Crocker Award for good sportsmanship during this year's tournament.

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Focus on replenishing flounder at Flat Bottom Flounder Tournamen

I find this a very comendable venture, but if people were really serious about increasing the number of flounder then they should ban all forms of fishing that drag a net in or near the inland water ways. More flounder are killed by a single shrimper then are caught by all anglers throughout the entire year.

Replenshing Flounder

I couldn't agree more. I understand shrimpers need to make a living as well but should be restricted from dragging the nets within several miles of the inlets. I've been fishing the area for over 25 years and have never seen as few flounder caught over the previous 2 years.