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Everyone at the Fisheries Service would like to express our sincerest thank you to all the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends who made the time to take our young anglers fishing this past year. The smiling faces below are worth a 1,000 words of gratitude.

Share your latest fishing experience on the Youth Angler's Log

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Latest Youth Angler's Log Reports from Youth Anglers


Brian Zagalsky
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
4
Sent in on: August 11, 2014 Permalink

Award Size Mackerel

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay
Tags: Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel

We were fishing for bluefish and we went to a ship and I casted a firetiger lure out and brought it in. I thought I had a really big blue, and when it got close enough that I could see itís markings I yelled at the top of my lungs that itís a Spanish Mackerel. After it ran 5 times I got it in and my dad netted it. The fish was 23.5 inches and I was even more excited because it was a citation too! The next day we devoured it and it was delicious. That was one of the best fishing days of my life.

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Jack Fisk
Youth Angler
Gaithersburg, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 11, 2014 Permalink

Local Pond Channel Cat

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Local Pond
Tags: Channel Catfish

Caught this giant catfish (39 inches in length) in a local pond fishing for carp, is it a blue or a channel? If it is a channel is it close to state record?

DNR Response: Just looking at the picture I'd call it a Channel Catfish. Pond fish tend to look a little differently than their tidal or river cousins and once Channel Catfish get larger they loose that characteristic yellow/bronze color with spots. We've had some large channels that looked very blue too. The real diagnostic features of a Blue Catfish is the large head (which this one doesn't appear to have), and the straight anal fin (which we can't really see). But the tail, head and little bit of the anal fin that we can see looks like a channel. Of course, if it's in contention for any records it would have to be examined by a Biologist for definite confirmation.

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Conner Crummitt
Youth Angler
Myersville
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 7, 2014 Permalink

Tagging Diamond Jim

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging

Conner, age 10, participated in the Diamond Jim tagging trip on July 31st departing from Kent Island on the Jessie Girl Boat along the Chesapeake Bay. The trip was an incredible learning experience! Conner is shown getting an up close look at a fish just tagged. We thank everyone who made this opportunity possible for the kids!

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Audrey Morris
Youth Angler
North Potomac
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: August 5, 2014 Permalink

More Youth Tagging Striped Bass

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging, Bluefish

Audrey was able to go out on the tagging trip on July 31st and had a great time! She has been telling anyone and everyone about how much she loved it! She was able to catch many rockfish and Bluefish, and provided us all with dinner. She is already talking about going out on her next fishing trip, and can hardly wait to get back out on the water.

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Justin Johnson
Youth Angler
Elkridge, MD
Total Reports:
8
Sent in on: August 5, 2014 Permalink

Bass Fishing at New Germany

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: New Germany State Park
Tags: Largemouth Bass

No I'm not at Lost Lake but in still catching bass with my Dad.

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Ryley McCardell
Youth Angler
Thurmont, MD
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: August 5, 2014 Permalink

50 Diamond Jim Fish Tagged

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim Tagging

Ryley had the privilege of participating in the DNR Diamond Jim tagging program with other Maryland Youth Fishing Club members. They fished the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Never Enuff Charter Boat. Today they tagged their quota of 50 Striped Bass! They also caught many undersized fish amd even got to keep a few for home! It was a tough day as Bluefish continually stole bait but the kids managed to even the score by putting over 40 Bluefish in the boat. Ryley didn't catch the biggest today but he managed to catch the most unique, a "humpback" striped bass was successfully caught, tagged and released. They caught all those fish and were back to the dock by 1:00 pm! Thanks Department of Natural Resources!

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Nathan Williams
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
9
Sent in on: August 4, 2014 Permalink

Youth Are Out Tagging Diamond Jim

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Deale, MD
Tags: Striped Bass, Bluefish

On July 31st Nathan went fishing aboard Never E-Nuff charters with Captain Shawn Pruitt out of Deale, MD to tag fish for the ďDiamond JimĒ fishing challenge. We caught and tagged 50 rockfish for the contest . We also caught a lot of Bluefish and even more rockfish. Captain Shawn and his first mate Steve made the trip really fun and exciting. The marine biologists from DNR on board were also very nice and answered all of our questions. Nathan canít wait to go fishing on Never E-Nuff again. Thanks!

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Skylar Hepner
Youth Angler
Mechanicsville
Total Reports:
6
Sent in on: August 4, 2014 Permalink

Southern MD Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Various Southern MD
Tags: White Perch

Last week I went fishing twice (Brenton Bay and St. Clements Island Museum Fishing Pier). I didn't have any luck but I had a few bites. This morning I went to Wicomico Shores Fishing pier and I caught a White Perch using one of my dad's fishing lures. It was the first time I caught a fish using this lure.

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Mark Anders
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
2
Sent in on: July 30, 2014 Permalink

Ocean City Crabbing

Type: Coast
Region: Eastern
Location: Ocean City Rt. 90 Bridge
Tags: Blue Crab

Mark was crabbing in Ocean City near the Rt 90 Bridge and caught 21 crabs using hand lines.

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Charlie Ward
Youth Angler
Total Reports:
1
Sent in on: July 25, 2014 Permalink

Youth Diamond Jim Tagging Trip

Type: Chesapeake
Region:
Location: The Bay
Tags: Striped Bass, Diamond Jim

Charlie and Ben Ward went out fishing on the June 26th Diamond Jim Tagging Trip aboard the Red Osprey ! They had a ball. It was their first time being out on the bay like that. Charlie caught a 25 inch rockfish and Ben caught a 23 inch rockfish. That is all they talk about when you ask them about fishing. And always there's the one that got away!

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