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.
From June through August specially tagged striped bass will be released each month at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the striped bass will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth at least $10,000 cash if caught by midnight on August 31, 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/
By most accounts it was a grand 4th of July weekend; family and friends gathered and many grandparents were able to bask in the joy of taking grandchildren fishing. Bill Davis of Tilghman Island was fortunate to have his son and family visit for the weekend and Bill got to take them croaker fishing. We anchored up in 22 feet of water, on the Dorchester side of Choptank Buoy #12; a favorite spot of mine; using squid strips for bait. Charley and his 7 year old brother Will caught and released about 25 Croakers in around 2 and one half hours; many of them were huge.
This story was repeated all over Maryland as friends and families enjoyed the pleasant weather and each other. Fishing for striped bass in the three regions of the bay remains very good this week. The action in the upper bay is focused around the Love Point area and chumming. In the middle bay region the action stretches down the western side of the shipping channel from Thomas Point to Calvert Cliffs and into the lower bay region to Cedar Point. There is plenty of striped bass and bluefish action around the Middle Grounds in the lower bay region and fishermen are casting to breaking fish, jigging, trolling, live lining spot or chumming throughout the middle and lower bay regions. John Dulemba caught this nice one while chumming near Calvert Cliffs.
Croaker fishing has really been good in the middle and lower bay regions with smaller fish being caught during the day and larger fish at dusk. Flounder fishing has been good in these regions also and a mix of small bluefish, spot and speckled trout round out the summer mix.
Freshwater fishermen have been focusing on largemouth bass lately and at this time of the summer early morning and late evening offer the best chances; especially in shallow water. There are of course a mix of other species out there such as smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, walleye and at times large crappie such as this whopper that Lee Cheyne caught and released at Lake Linganore.
Ocean City area fishermen continue to enjoy good fishing for flounder in the back bay areas, along the beaches and out at the wreck sites. Bluefish are moving in and out of the inlet and along the beaches and croakers have arrived this week. Offshore fishermen are finding a mix of yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, dolphin and a few white marlin out near the canyons.
Quote of the Week:
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. Aldo Leopold
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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
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years of age, we must have a
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