Fishing license plates are now an iconic part of the NC tourist economy, but the fish that the state has licensed for recreational use is not one of them.
And a bill proposed by Rep. Tim McBride, R-Greene, would change that.
The bill would require all fishing licenses to include the rainbow trout species.
And it would require any fishing license plates that contain the rainbow species to also include a disclaimer that the license holder is not affiliated with a fishing license plate sponsor.
“This bill is about fish, and it’s about the people of North Carolina, and that is to protect them,” McBride said at a news conference Tuesday.
“The trout are one of the most abundant and abundant species in the state of North Carolinias waterways.
The anglers who love them deserve to be able to use them safely and responsibly.”
McBride’s bill, SB 13, was introduced in the House on July 31.
It was passed out of committee July 28 and sent to the Senate, where it failed.
McBride, who represents Greensboro and Greensboro-Mecklenburg counties, said he first came up with the idea to get rid of fishing license tags after watching the documentary The Fishing License.
“I saw that in the film, and the fish were being taken from their rightful owners in a way that they were being treated unjustly,” McBeth said.
“The anglers were being denied the right to catch those fish because they were not licensed to fish.”
In addition to the fish, the bill would prohibit fishing with bait that includes a rainbow trout.
McBeth, who has authored several other bills related to fishing, said his proposal is intended to protect anglers, and not fish, from the same types of abuse that other fishing licenses are being used for.
“My bill would do away with the fishing license.
We are fishing with the best and the brightest, and we should have no trouble getting the licenses that we need,” McBrath said.
The fishing license that is currently in use in the State Capitol building is a special license, and requires the use of a special rod to catch fish.
The special license is one that has been used by many fishing groups and has been adopted by several state agencies.
A few bills dealing with fishing have been introduced in recent years.
McBride’s bills are not part of those bills.
But he said the fishing industry is being harmed.
“We have a lot of people who are angling and who are trying to make money,” McBelk said.
McBelk believes fishing license holders should be protected and said he does not want to see the same fishing restrictions put on anglers and anglers’ families.
McBrath also has introduced a bill that would remove a license plate with the words “Fishing License” from the state capitol building.
McBreeth said his bill would also include fishing license numbers that are a part of a single license, such as “Beware of the Fishes” or “Blue Water” or a license with a number that could be used for both the fishing and commercial fishing industries.
McBRATH said his bills would protect the right of anglers to use the fishing licenses that are currently in place.
“It would be up to each license holder to determine if he or she is a licensed angler, or if he’s an importer, or whether he’s a dealer, and if they have a permit to do so,” McBreeth explained.
McBREETH said his proposed bill would protect all of the state’s fish from being taken away from the anglers.
“There is a right to fish, to harvest, and to eat those fish,” McBREETH added.
“And if a license holder has a fishing permit, he or her has the right, in accordance with the laws of North Dakota, to fish in the North Carolina rivers and streams and catch those species, including rainbow trout.”