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Latest Update: September 10, 2008

Next Update: September 17, 2008

Maryland Fishing ChallengeThe 2008 Maryland Fishing Challenge has concluded for this year, but the excitement is not over yet. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13 and plan to attend the finale at Sandy Point State Park. Come for a day of fun in the park, and to see who will win the boat, truck and fishing gear!

If you’re a member of the facebook community, look for Diamond Jim in the Baltimore, Maryland network for event photos and the latest conversations about the contest.

The Details -


Fishermen in the upper bay regionSummer Flounder should continue to find good fishing for a mix of striped bass and bluefish from Pooles Island south to the Bay Bridge. Trolling, chumming and jigging have all been good methods to catch bluefish and striped bass this week. Fishermen are still finding plenty of spot so live lining continues to be a popular way of catching ones striped bass. Josh Shenot was live lining a spot under the Bay Bridge with his dad when he hauled in this beautiful flounder.

Middle bay region fishermen are finding a mix of bluefish and striped bass throughout the entire region this week and Spanish mackerel from Poplar Island south. Croakers, spot and white perch continue to be caught in good numbers and some fishermen have been lucky enough to catch some real whopper sized croakers lately. Rich Watts holds up 5-pounds of croaker for the camera that he caught on a bucktail tipped with a clam snout.

Lower bay fishermen continue to catch a mix of striped bass, bluefish and Spanish mackerel throughout the region. Fishermen who are targeting striped bass are live lining spot along channel edges.Croaker (hardhead) Those fishermen trolling are catching a mix of bluefish and striped bass and those kicking up the speed a bit and using small spoons are catching Spanish mackerel. Chumming has been good for a mix of bluefish and striped bass in a number of areas and fishermen continue to find breaking fish at times in the region. Croaker and spot fishing continues to be good in the lower bay and Tangier Sound areas and recreational crabbing has been good in all regions of the bay.

Freshwater anglers are starting to see cooler water temperatures causing now and longer fishing hours during the day and better catches. Most rivers and streams are still running low but fishing has been good.

Oceanside fishermen are catching flounder in the back bay areas and a mix of summer species in the surf. The numbers of bluefish being caught in the surf took a leap this week and is expected to continue.

Quote of the Week:

“The whole purpose of summer fishing,” the old man said, “is not to worry about catching fish, but to just get out of the house and set and think a little”.

Robert Ruark, The Old Man And The Boy

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent 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 size small, under one megabyte. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
Include the following information:

  • Date
  • Angler(s)
  • Hometown(s)
  • Photo credit
  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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