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Black Sea Bass Season Opens In Maryland

Annapolis, MD (May 24, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the recreational fishing season for black sea bass in Maryland opened Saturday.

“With the summer school break just around the corner, this is a great time to gather up your family and go to the coast to catch some deep water fish,” says DNR Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. “There are excellent charter captains and crews that are equipped and ready to go in Ocean City.”

The daily creel and size limits are 25 fish per angler at 12.5 inches or longer.

The black sea bass is a type of grouper found most often in northern ranges from the coast of Maine to the northeast corner of Florida. They prefer deep water up to about 400 feet deep where they spend most of their time close to the sea floor around rocks, wrecks, artificial reefs, jetties, piers and pilings.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, a federal fisheries management authority, recently decided to allow a season extending from May 22 to October 11 with another season beginning November 1 through the end of the year. However, the National Marine Fisheries Service must agree with the closing dates and the extra fall/winter season before they can become official. That information will be available soon.

   May 24, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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