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. Michael Wankmiller of Silver Spring recently entered this white marlin for a catch and release citation and is automatically entered in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.
On July 31, 2008, 21 specially tagged striped bass were released at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the 21 will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth $25,000 cash courtesy of Boaterís World and a $5,000 diamond from Smyth Jewelers, if caught by midnight on August 31. The other tagged striped bass, Diamond Jim imposters, will each be worth $500 in Boaterís World gift certificates.
Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge began Saturday, April 12 and runs through Labor Day, September 1. Any angler who catches a citation-qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of the official sponsor grand prizes. To date, over 1,100 anglers have qualified to win grand prizes, including a 2008 Toyota Tundra 4x4 pickup truck from Central Atlantic Toyota, a boat and trailer package from Bass Pro Shops and $5,000 in gear from Billís Outdoor Center.
Fishermen have been enjoying the relatively pleasant weather lately and good fishing in many areas of Maryland. For the month of August this certainly has been some delightful weather. Soon cool nights will begin to cause water temperatures throughout Maryland to begin to decline and a profound change will begin to occur in Marylandís fisheries. Underwater photographer Michael Eversmier sent in this picture of what fish will do to keep cool when water temperatures are at their warmest of the year. This group of striped bass was recently photographed in the lower Susquehanna River enjoying the cool water flowing out of Deer Creek.
Fishermen in the upper bay region have been doing pretty well with a nice mix of bluefish and striped bass that are spread over a wide area from Pooles Island south to the Bay Bridge. Fishermen have been chumming, trolling or live lining spot in a number of traditional areas. Miranda Fister and her favorite uncle Andy Wilkinson who takes her fishing; show off a beautiful 39Ē striped bass that Miranda caught while they were trolling north of Love Point this past weekend.
Middle Bay region fishermen continue to live line spot in a number of traditional channel edges but the area east of the Gum Thickets to Thomas Point and south to Buoy 84 has been a real standout lately. Fishermen have also been enjoying an invasion of Spanish mackerel that have moved as far north as the Bay Bridge with the best fishing south of Poplar Island. The arrival of the Spanish mackerel have really added a kick in the pants to the mix of bluefish and striped bass that have been entertaining fishermen for the last month. Fishermen have been trolling for this threesome or casting and jigging to breaking schools of fish chasing bait in the region. Croakers are being caught deep during the day and late after dark along the channel edges. Josh Windsor holds up a pair of Spanish mackerel caught off Breezy Point on the way back to the dock.
Lower bay fishermen also are enjoying the recent invasion of Spanish mackerel to the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. They are being caught over a wide area from the mouth of the Potomac to the Southwest Middle Grounds and north to the middle bay region. Bluefish and striped bass are also part of the mix for fishermen in the region and are being caught by trolling, chumming, live lining and jigging. Live lining spot continues to take center stage for fishermen looking to catch a few nice striped bass. Croakers are being caught in the deeper regions of the lower bay and Tangier Sound. Spot and flounder round out the bottom fishing scene in selected areas.
Recreational crabbers report good crabbing in all three regions of the Chesapeake and note that the largest jimmies have moved far up the tidal rivers and creeks due to drought conditions.
Freshwater anglers have been fishing the early morning and late evening hours for largemouth bass in all four regions of the Maryland freshwater fishing scene and smallmouth bass in the central and western regions. Fishermen in the north branch of the Potomac have recently been enjoying the fortunes of several stockings of trophy sized rainbow trout by fisheries personnel courtesy of the Conservation Funds Freshwater Institute in West Virginia. These trout are real whoppers and for many a fish of a lifetime. Mark Fike sent in this short report and picture. Attached are pictures of my 6year old son Ethan and his 22" 4 lb. Rainbow Trout which he pulled from the waters of the North Branch Potomac River ( Barnum put and take area - Allegany County) last Sunday 8-17-08. Ethan was fishing with his uncle Tim (winkie) Lindeman, and me when he landed the nice Trout. Ethan was using a nightcrawler on his Superman-Shakespeare rod and reel with 4lb. test line. Ethan chose to keep the trout and have it preserved by a local taxidermist.
Ocean City fishermen continue to catch flounder and a mix of summer species in the back bay areas around the inlet and surf. The boats fishing the inshore wrecks and artificial reefs continue to pick away at sea bass and flounder. Offshore fishermen are finding bluefin tuna along the 20-30 fathom line and a mix of white marlin, dolphin, wahoo and yellowfin tuna at the canyons.
Quote of the Week:
Surely the longer a man fishes the wealthier he becomes in experience, in reminiscence, in love of nature, if he goes out with the harvest of a quiet eye, free from the plague of himself.
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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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