2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge Kickoff
Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge began Friday, May 29th and runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2009. Any angler who catches a citation-qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of the official sponsor grand prizes including a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and thousands of dollars in merchandise and fishing trips from Bill's Outdoor Center.
On May 28, 2009, fifty specially tagged striped bass were released at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the 50 will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth $10,000 cash if caught by midnight on June 30, 2009. The other tagged striped bass, Diamond Jim imposters, will be worth $500 each if caught at any time during the contest.
Here is the link to the Fishing Challenge website; a world of information there. www.dnr.state.md.us/fishingchallenge/
This coming Sunday will be a day of reflection and renewed bonds between fathers, sons and daughters. Most younger children will be focused on how much “they love daddy” but for those grown and perhaps with families of their own it will be more of a time for reflection on the times and events that they remember so fondly. Few things can bring family together as close as spending time together fishing; since it is a one on one time together. Here’s wishing you all a happy Fathers Day.
Sean Lacey sent in this short fishing report and a picture of a very meaningful fishing trip he had with his two young sons. My identical twin boys (age 9) Kyle and Ryan and I bottom fished Hawks Nest (Cuckold Creek) the evening of Saturday, June 6th. We had consistent action with primarily spot and croakers with a couple perch and a toad fish. We kept the spot with plans to live line them near the LNG Gas Docks on Sunday. We got up early on Sunday and drifted the spot near the North East corner of the Gas Docks. In about an hour we landed 3 striped bass (18", 21", and 28"). The boys set the hooks, reeled them in and netted them all by themselves; they refused to let me help. I'm not sure who was more excited about the trip(s), them for what they accomplished or me for being able to enjoy their excitement.
The outside channel edge of the Gas Docks has been a real “go to” place for fishermen in the middle and lower bay regions this week for striped bass; whether one is trolling, jigging or live lining. The western shipping channel edge off Parkers Creek has been another hot spot this week for fishermen as well as the channel edge below Thomas Point Light. Above the Bay Bridge the Love Point area has been the best place this week to chum for striped bass.
Striped bass can be found throughout most of the Maryland portion of the bay this week; trolling live lining spot, chumming, vertical jigging and casting in the shallows have all been productive methods for fishermen. Bluefish are in residence at the Middle Grounds for those chumming or trolling. Large red drum have been entertaining fishermen that are trolling above and below the Target Ship this week.
Croaker fishing continues to expand into the middle and upper bay regions and the lower bay and Tangier Sound areas are producing excellent croaker fishing with a mix of flounder, speckled trout and small bluefish as a bonus. Recreational crabbers are finding crabs deep and in the lower areas of the tidal rivers.
Largemouth bass have been the big focus for many freshwater fishermen this week in the many reservoirs, lakes and tidal waters of Maryland. The bass are in a post-spawn feeding pattern and aggressively attacking fishermen’s lures and baits. Patrick Kelly was spending some time fishing with his dad Matt recently on Winters Run in Abington. Ten year old Patrick hooked this whopper of a largemouth bass on a nightcrawler and one would suspect it will be a long time if ever that he forgets this fishing trip with his dad.
Ocean City area fishermen are enjoying good fishing for flounder in the back bay areas and near the inlet this week. Striped bass, small bluefish and tautog are being caught in the inlet and surf fishermen are catching a variety of sharks in the surf along with small bluefish, kingfish and croaker. Sea bass and tautog are being caught out on the wreck sites; large mako and thresher sharks are coming in from some of the popular 30-fathom fishing locations. The season’s first white and blue marlin were caught east of the canyons along with a collection of small yellowfin tuna and gaffer size dolphin.
Quote of the Week:
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry Truman
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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:
Weight/length of catch
If anyone in your picture is under 18
years of age, we must have a
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Until next week,
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