Tabor City angler allegedly poaches 20 flounder

Many of the alleged poacher’s illegal fish were also undersized, like this one.

Some of the flounder were as small as 10 inches

On Saturday Aug. 28, 2021 SCDNR Region 1 Officer Hemingway conducted a flounder patrol in Cherry Grove in Horry County, S.C. At around 2 a.m., Officer Hemingway checked a vessel from Tabor City, NC. Upon initial contact the subject told Officer Hemingway that he hadn’t caught any fish.

Upon further investigation Officer Hemingway located 25 flounder in the boat. Cases were made for over the limit and undersized. The subject was found to have 20 flounder over the limit and 17 of these flounder were undersized some as small as 10 inches. Great work by Officer Hemingway protecting our Natural Resources.

South Carolina’s flounder regulations were changed this year. The daily creel limit per angler is now 5 flounder (no more than 10 per boat). The minimum size is 16 inches.

North Carolina’s 2021 flounder season begins Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 14. The daily limit for North Carolina anglers is four. Each flounder must be 15 inches long to be legally harvested.

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