First of all I want to thank all the BOC members that showed up. LakeNormanBlues, Mudkip, Catfishrus, Tomahawk, Billfish, Price…who did I forget? Great turn out! The NCWRC came prepared. I believe there were six or seven biologists in attendance and answering questions. It was a very informative presentation and answered a lot of questions. I think we took away a lot of good information, and I think the NCWRC members in attendance learned some things they did not know. I will summarize what I took away from the meeting, and I hope that the other BOC members will chime in with what they found important. 1) Don’t expect a statewide blanket creel limit or size limit. There is little hope that the NCWRC would support that. 2) The wheels are in motion for some sort of study and research of catfish populations in NC. 3) There is a significant potential for a size limit on designated “trophy lakes” as a trial so that the NCWRC can study it through ongoing research. The best options for this are probably Lake Norman and Badin Lake. This is due to study programs that are currently being implemented and the fact that there are fish of significant size in existence in both lakes. 4) There is very little data or catfish research from North Carolina to base anything on at this point, but the NCWRC is working to change that. 5) The timeline for implementing a change in harvest regulations is as short as one year, but as long as two years depending on when the request is submitted and received. 6) Overall the catfish population is healthy and thriving. 7) The NCWRC is very receptive to input from anglers. 8) Trot lines, baskets, jugs, and shocking are not going away anytime soon. My personal opinion is that there is a greater chance of some type of regulation passing than I originally thought. If we can get the request formalized in writing quickly we could see a change as soon as next summer. That is something I hope we can put together within the next few days. Of course a lot has to happen, and the NCWRC has to sign off on it agreement, but it is more than possible. The meeting tonight was the first step.