I think those fish per day limits is very acceptable. I dont see why anyone would need to kill more fish then that for personal use.
Good luck, Tony
Some folks have chest freezers, and like to vacuum seal months or even a year's worth of meals from the hobby/sport...
When you consider the price to actually catch enough to put up in the freezer, these limits CRUSH rec and charter fishing.
Family had a 41 Albemarle. Cost $1200 to fill the tanks. Average day trip was a $400 minimum affair..
Used to be able to catch enough to justify the cost from a price/lb perspective (even if it was double market rate, it was fun.)
But as the regs tightened over the years to the point of absurdity, it's simply not worth it to go out and play extremely expensive catch and release.
But the NMFS is happy to let every foreign country and commercial outfit under the sun come in and catch fish half the size and in crazy tonnages ...
The only folks truly happy with these regs are PETA, commercial fishermen, and the fish cops.
The Albe sold this summer after being listed for 4 years.. (Regs killed the used boat market too) Probably could have parted it out for more than it sold for...
We get out inshore and bay runs now in a 24' center console. Way cheaper on fuel, but it cut the target species down a lot, as the canyon runs aren't justifiable.