2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge
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.
Specially tagged striped bass, one of which is Diamond Jim and now worth $25,000 if caught by midnight on August 31, 2009 have been released at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. 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/
Although it is still plenty hot out there; the calendar is telling us that summer is waning. Many children are starting school already and our first hurricane breezed by; September is just around the corner. Time just keeps rolling on; young kids don’t ever seem to have any grasp of the fact but many parents do and a picture sent in of Gabi Cohen with a nice largemouth bass she caught and released from a Hereford farm pond illustrates the point. Her dad remembered that he’d sent in a picture in 2004 of Gabi with a bluegill and sure enough there it was in the July 28, 2004 fishing reports. We hope to see a picture of Gabi in another five years still fishing with her parents.
Diamond Jim is still roaming out in the Chesapeake waiting for some lucky fisherman to catch him and there is still some time left. Four of his buddies have been caught and although they were not Diamond Jim himself; the lucky anglers won $500 each. There is also still time to catch a citation sized fish and enter the Fishing Challenge for anyone who thinks they have use for a new boat, motor and trailer.
Chesapeake anglers are finding a mix of bluefish and striped bass in the upper bay waters with some good fishing for spot and croakers also reported. In the middle and lower bay regions they are also catching a mix of bluefish and striped bass and have been treated to an influx of Spanish mackerel from the mouth of Eastern Bay south to the Virginia border. It has been common this week for fishermen to report double digit catches of Spanish while trolling small spoons or casting to breaking fish with spoons or metal jigs. This happy trio of fishermen shows their stuff before getting serious at the fishing cleaning table at Chesapeake Beach.
Fishing for croakers and large spot remains good this week in the middle and lower regions of the bay and flounder fishing has been exceptional. Recreational crabbers are working for their catches but report the crabs are heavy.
Freshwater fishermen continue to fish a summer pattern of early morning and late evening for largemouth bass in the lakes and tidal rivers of the state. Trout fishermen in the western region can expect to experience some exciting fishing for large 2lb to 4lb rainbow trout that were stocked in the north branch of the Potomac River from Barnum to Piedmont this week; check the Fisheries stocking page for more information on recent stockings of large rainbow trout that are being donated by the Freshwater Institute.
Fishermen in the Ocean City area continue to find good flounder fishing in the back bay areas this week and surf fishermen are catching a mix of kingfish, spot, croakers and bluefish in the evenings. The fleet fishing outside the inlet is finding croakers, sea bass and flounder and the offshore boats are finding a mix of yellowfin tuna, dolphin and white marlin. Most of the dolphin being caught are gaffer sized and holding close to weed lines and offering some exciting fishing. Ray Bukowski can be proud of his gaffing job on this nice dolphin; right through the head, no meat loss on this one.
Quote of the Week:
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
John Ruskin 1880
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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
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.
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Until next week,
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