Setting a new Sand Flathead bag limit will only reduce catches on fishing trips where fishers would otherwise have caught above the bag limit (right of the dashed line). As of the latest statewide survey in 2017/182, 75% of fishing trips on which anglers caught and retained Sand Flathead, less than ten were retained. On half of these trips, only five or less Sand Flathead were retained. This is why reducing the bag limit by 50% does not reduce the total catch by 50%.

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