The fall season is of course noted for the spectacular splashes of color; whether they are the golden aspens of the Rockies or sugar maples in the Adirondacks, New England or western Maryland. Many outdoorsmen who travel to these places to hunt and fish often come upon one of the grandest creations of fall color one could ever imagine. The fall breeding colors of our only native trout in Maryland, the eastern brook trout, are truly a spectacular sight. C.J. Clinger took a quick picture of this beauty before releasing it back into a western Maryland headwater stream.
Fishermen looking for some action with striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay have plenty to keep them busy as schools of hungry striped bass are roaming the tidal rivers and the bay. The striped bass are on a feeding binge to fatten up for the winter months on schools bay anchovies and juvenile menhaden that are moving out of the tidal rivers and headed south. Fishermen have been enjoying some fantastic light tackle jigging action on breaking fish and those found holding deep. Many fishermen are having equal success by trolling and chumming and the weather holds the key this time of the year. Flexible schedules and being able to slip out for a couple of hours after work can pay big dividends for fishermen. Daniel and Sean Duffy of Churchton got to got fishing with their dad after school last week for a couple of hours of trolling off Deale. They caught and released 18 striped bass in an hour and a half and kept these two whoppers for a couple of dinners.
White perch are schooling up in the deep waters of the bay and lower regions of the tidal rivers over structure such as oyster reefs. Recreational crabbers are enjoying the last of this season's crabbing and perhaps the best crabs of the season.
Freshwater fishermen are finding cooler water temperatures have caused many species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye to become very active and to feed aggressively. Trout fishermen in all regions of the state are enjoying the fruits of a generous fall trout stocking program.
Fishermen in the Ocean City area have been dealing with rough sea conditions lately but some fishing; such as tautog fishing at the Ocean City Inlet has been very good. Striped bass and large bluefish are also being caught at the inlet and from the surf. In between the rough days there have been a few calm ones and boats have been venturing out to the wreck sites for tautog and a few have been doing deep drop trips to the canyon regions. Steve Doctor poses with a pending new state record 62lb golden tilefish that he caught on an Ocean City party boat at the Baltimore Canyon recently.
Quote of the Week:
There ainít no such thing as enough oysters- itís just that the human stomach was never designed to handle a decent bait of them.
The Old Man and the Boy - Robert Ruark
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A Couple of Closing Notes...
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