The Maryland Fishing Challenge continues through this month and until September 1st. Fishermen are encouraged to register any fish they catch that meets the minimum size criteria at a Citation Center to be in the drawing for a number of prizes which include a new 4x4 Tundra pickup truck, a boat, motor and trailer outfit and thousands of dollars in prizes. On Monday, June 2, Marylandís most desired rockfish was released into the Chesapeake Bay as part of the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge. A $10,000 reward and a $5,000 diamond are being offered for his capture. Anglers can read more about the kick-off event here. Fifteen children will be randomly chosen from fishing rodeos across the state in the coming months and will be entered to win quality fishing trips with a mentor at the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge grand finale in September. This weekend, another four young anglers were entered into the unique youth component of the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge. DNR staff took part in the Hillcrest Youth Fishing Rodeo in Lansdowne, Maryland and a great time was had by all.
Participation in all aspects of the Fishing Challenge continues to grow; although Diamond Jim has yet to be found. Keep an eye out for chartreuse-tagged rockfish in the Bay and its tributaries! Congrats to Zackary Decker of Elkton, Md. for catching a rainbow trout, Charles Donohue of Philadelphia, Pa. for catching a sea bass and Craig Bandes of Alexandria, Va. for catching a 44Ē rockfish. All three are now entered to win big prizes from Central Atlantic Toyota, Billís Outdoor Center and Bass Pro Shops at the finale in September. More information can be found at www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/.
Diamond Jim is online! Add him as a friend on www.myspace.com/fishingchallenge or search in the Baltimore, MD network of facebook.com for Diamond Jim.
All across Maryland schools are now on summer break and kids are once again free to be kids and families are free to go on vacations and spend more time together. Everyone seems to be drifting into the summer mood of family vacations, time together camping and fishing and just a little more freedom from the daily grind. This Friday is the official first day of summer so itís time to take a breath and enjoy all that Maryland has to offer for the summer. Dads all over Maryland got to choose what to do with their children this past Fathers Day and many were lucky enough to go fishing with their children. There appears there is nothing Daniel and Jonathan Irons of Queenstown would rather do than go fishing with dad and mom and they look like they know what they are doing.
Although trolling is still a viable way to catch oneís striped bass in all areas of the Chesapeake, many fishermen are now switching to chumming as warmer water temperatures have the striped bass holding to a summer pattern of behavior. Traditional locations such as Love Point in the upper bay, Tilghman Point and the Hill in the middle bay and the Southwest Middle Grounds and the lower Potomac in the lower Bay are attracting the attention of regional chumming fleets. It is for a good reason since fishermen are presently catching striped bass at these locations. Light tackle jigging to striped bass breaking water or holding to deep structure continues to be a good option when the situation presents itself and the early morning/late evening shallow water fishery continues to offer good fishing. Many fishermen are beginning to live line spot in a number of traditional locations for their striped bass this week.
The croaker fishing in the lower and middle regions of the Chesapeake is about as good as it gets right now and fishermen are enjoying excellent fishing for croakers with a mix of spot, flounder and bluefish in some areas. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy some lazy bottom fishing for croakers in many areas; especially towards the evening hours after work to help wash away the stresses of the day. Croaker fishing is a simple kind of fishing for a simple fish but often itís the simple things in life that help draw us closer to the really important things in life.
Fishing for white perch in the lower sections of most tidal rivers remains very good at this time and shore line and boat fishermen are enjoying catching them on bait or small lures such as jigs, spinners and spoons. Most any dock on a tidal creek will have white perch under it or within casting distance. One child, a fishing rod, hook and some grass shrimp or bloodworm is all one needs to see a childís face light up with excitement.
Recreational crabbers in the upper bay have yet to see their season develop yet but middle bay and lower bay crabbers are doing well and a full bushel of crabs is more the norm for an outing of crabbing with a trot line or line of collapsible crab traps. Friday the 13th of June was a lucky day for crabbing in the Kent Island area for Greg Falter, his son Adam and friend Paul Menges when they caught a bushel of crabs in a short mornings outing using collapsible crab traps.
Freshwater fishermen continue to enjoy excellent fishing for smallmouth bass at Deep Creek Lake and the upper Potomac River this week. The largemouth bass in the western region are beginning to enter their post-spawn phase of activity and will be feeding aggressively soon. Largemouth bass in the warmer regions of the state are starting to enter their summer mode of behavior which means early morning and evening feeding activity and sulking in the cool shade during the heat of the day. Trout fishermen are still enjoying good trout fishing in many areas due to good water flows. Steve Ferendo holds up his Fathers Day trout he caught in a Frederick County stream on a bead head nymph while fishing with his son Kyle.
Fishermen in the Ocean City area continue to catch flounder in the back bay areas; surf fishermen are catching a mix of sharks and dogfish in the surf along with bluefish and striped bass. Sea bass fishing on the wreck sites is reported to be fair to good and offshore fishermen are beginning to bring in increasing numbers of yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna and dolphin to port.
Quote of the Week:
"How like fish we are: ready, nay eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! And how we rue our haste, finding the gilded morsel to contain a hook."
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be
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