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.
Steve Quigley recently caught this citation dolphin off of Ocean City and his catch is now also entered into the Fishing Challenge drawing.
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! Juneís Diamond Jim may have got away, but the July Diamond Jim brings bigger prizes to the lucky angler that catches him! On July 2, near Fort McHenry, the latest batch of Diamond Jim tagged stripped bass were released into Maryland waters. Be on the lookout for the chartreuse tags for a chance to win $20,000 courtesy of Boaterís World and a $5,000 diamond from Smyth Jewelers. More information can be found at www.dnr.maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/.
As the big airliner lugged on as it began to loose speed and altitude over southern Maryland one could see that the evening landscape was shrouded in a thick summer haze of humidity. I happened to be on the starboard side of the plane gazing out the window as I returned home from a vacation. A few white dots could be seen off the Patuxent area hugging the western side of the bay and as we passed over Annapolis, the Bay Bridge stood out in the evenings haze. I was excited to see a number of boats close to the bridge no doubt loaded with fishermen enjoying a quiet evening of fishing. A verse from an old song from the early seventies drifted through my mind; ďItís good to be back home againĒ.
Apparently it has been pretty hot and humid for the past couple of weeks and it continues to be so. While gathering information yesterday and speaking to boat captains it was exciting to hear that the Spanish mackerel have started to show up and that fishing in the bay is holding up as well as it has despite rising water temperatures. The news from the offshore fishing community at Ocean City was very exciting also and had me drifting off and day dreaming about my own offshore fishing adventures off while on vacation. Let there be no doubt that there is some exciting fishing in Maryland on hand this week.
Fishing in the upper bay has been focused around chumming and live lining for striped bass from the Baltimore/ Rock Hall area south to the Bay Bridge. The middle bay region fishermen have been keeping themselves busy live lining for striped bass and also catching bluefish and bottom fishing for croakers. Lower Bay fishermen are also live lining for striped bass but also chumming for them and bluefish at a number of locations.
Ken Miller holds up a nice striped bass he caught while chumming on an upper bay charter boat near the Bay Bridge.
The Spanish mackerel have arrived in the lower bay region and are offering some exciting fishing opportunities. Croaker and spot fishing continues to be good to excellent in many locations in the lower bay and Tangier Sound areas. Recreational crabbers are seeing improving conditions in the upper bay waters and good crabbing in the middle and lower bay regions.
Freshwater fishermen in the western region of the state are catching smallmouth bass in Deep Creek Lake and the upper Potomac River and trout in many of the regions trout streams and rivers. Fishermen are finding good fishing for largemouth bass and a variety of other species in the early morning and evening hours of the day.
Jane Keiler was enjoying some time fishing on the Potomac near Fort Washington with family when she caught this 25lb blue catfish.
Fishermen looking for flounder in the back bay areas of Ocean City are finding plenty of action although the throwback ratio tends to be high. More flounder are starting to show up on the wreck and artificial reef sites now and offshore fishing for white marlin, yellowfin tuna and assorted other offshore species is beginning to bust open as warmer waters advance through the area.
Quote of the Week:
"I fish all the time when Iím at home; so when I get a chance to go on vacation, I make sure I get in plenty of fishing. "
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the
following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be
in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 600 pixels. Please try to keep the file
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