Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.
A new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.
Julie Anne Lynskey, Youth Angler
- Churchton, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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School of Bluefish
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Franklin Manor Pier
My dad and I went fishing on a Sunday after dinner, before it got dark. Boy were the bluefish biting. Whole schools would come by and we would have fish on more than one line. We went home because the bluefish were so crazy they messed up our lines. We started with 4 poles but after a few catches we were down to only two lines, it was really crazy and fun!
Picture is of me holding two 17 inch bluefish before we put them back in the water. My dad was taking them off the hooks and my job to put them back into the water. I am also wearing the lucky fishing shirt from Mr. Tyler, it has rockfish on it but we didn't catch any that day.
Doug Smith, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Bryan Rosensteel, Recreational Angler
- Alexandria, VA
- Total Reports: 1
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Big Blue Veterans Day
Location: Potomac River
A big thank you to our veterans whose service allowed me to take one last fishing trip this year. Fishing just south of the Woodrow Wilson bridge on the Potomac, I managed to hook this beauty using large cut pieces of a freshly caught blue catfish (they are highly cannibalistic).
Sara Bailey, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Joe Evans, Fisheries Service
- Total Reports: 16
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Fishing with the Z-Man
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Between Kent Point and the north end of Poplar Island
Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative program manager Erik Zlokovitz and I took advantage of some Veteran's Day leave to venture out in a pea-soup fog in search of striped bass. It's good to take along the reef guy when you are hunting for some good 3-D structure to fish over.
My fishing log confirms that mid November is usually the best time for light tackle rockfish action on the Bay.
With help from the GPS/Fishfinder, we found our way through the fog to some mid-bay contours and the fish.
Here's what it looked like, and if you check the sonar screen info, you will be able to tell that at one point in the day we were fishing midway between Kent Point and the north end of Poplar Island.
Early on we fished plugs and bucktails over the Poplar Island rocks just 30 yards from the island, and we couldn't see the island through the fog at all. Spooky.
The hot lure for Erik was a tiny opalescent Flex-it jig fished on a 5-1/2 foot jigging rod. My choice was a crab-colored Clouser Minnow on a 350-grain sinking flyline. The jig worked better on the deep fish. But when the fish were popping the surface, the Clouser proved its value.
Late in the day, the fog cleared and the fish rose to the surface to snack on tiny bay anchovies before settling with the sunset. We were joined by a few other persistent anglers, all of whom seemed to understand the protocol—drift in slowly, shut off your engines, keep quiet, stay calm, and fish on.
Gary Laubach, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Veterans Fishing for Rockfish
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Belvedere Shoals
I took out four Veterans (myself included) yesterday and caught some really nice rockfish jigging metal lures under birds working some breaking fish in the Belvedere Shoals area yesterday. Most of the day we couldn't see more than 50ft in the dense fog, but we stuck close to the birds and left with our limit.
Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 40
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Ultra Light Fishing Fun
Location: Local Ponds
We used the standard 'float 'n fly' tactic last week by suspending 1/64th and 1/32 ounce jigs tipped with worm or Gulp! Alive minnow pieces for excellent coldwater bass and bluegill action. In four trips to three different bodies of water we totaled 171 bluegills and 20 bass. Fish were 4 to 5 feet deep in 6 to 8 feet of water. We fished the windward side of each lake where winds pushed warmer surface water up against the shoreline, creating a 'thermal bank' of warmer water by 3 to 5 degrees. Bass and bluegills were stacked thick into these areas and it was game on. We kept two dozen eaters for the pan and released the rest.
Once we get past this cold surge coming then fishing should still continue to be good if the temperatures can stabilize or else rise moderately. This past week was some of the fastest action we have had all year. Here's Matt and I with some of our bounty.
Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
- Monkton, MD
- Total Reports: 19
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Colder Weather, Less Bites
Location: Local Pond
Had a great time fishing today. Catfish weren't biting, but the panfish were. By the end of the day we finally caught some. The biggest one was a 9 incher. The cold weather is having effect on the fish not biting too well, but anytime I have a fishing pole in my hand I have a great time.
Raymond Drayer, Recreational Angler
- Nanjemoy, MD
- Total Reports: 6
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Nanjemoy Creek Blue Catfish
Location: Friendship Landing Park
This blue catfish was caught at Friendship Landing Park on the Nanjemoy Creek on November 11, 2014. This catfish was not weighed, but it was 36 inches long. Cut spot was used for bait. I am glad to have removed this invasive fish from the ecosystem.
Paul A. Thomas, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 2
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Great Day Charter Fishing
Location: Ocean City
Went fishing on the Ocean Princess out of Ocean City on Sunday 11-09. Caught 15-20 sea bass with 5 keepers and some small bluefish. It was a short trip 8:00 to 2:00 so I was pleased with the fishing results. Had bluefish dinner Sunday night / had blues and sea bass Monday Night / going to have sea bass tonight and will probably have enough for two more dinners. I prefer to eat them when there fresh rather than frozen.