Fall rockfish season set, with increase of about 30 percent

Outdoor Journal

September 05, 1991|By Bill Burton

At last, it's official. The Department of Natural Resources has announced the final dates and regulations for the fall rockfish season, and its quota of 1,074,000 pounds total for the recreational, commercial and sports fisheries -- an increase of about 30 percent. All fish must be of between 18 and 36 inches.

Necessary free permits and tags for recreational fishermen should be available tomorrow; none are needed for the charter fishery as skippers will tag the catch. Fishing will be stopped in any segment that catches its quota before the designated season's end.

* RECREATIONAL: Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, Oct. 9-26, 456,747-pound quota, two fish for entire season. If the quota is not caught, the season will be extended with a creel limit of two a day, no tags required. Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 9-26, no quota, one rock a day, no permits needed.

* CHARTER: Chesapeake Bay and tributaries, 161,206-pound quota, Oct. 9-Nov. 11, two fish a day, no season limit. No extended season if quota is not reached. Charter skippers responsible for tagging fish. Atlantic Ocean, same dates; creel limit of one a day, no quota.

* COMMERCIAL: Chesapeake quota of 456,747 pounds; haul seines and pound nets, Sept. 2-30; hook and line, Dec. 2-31; gill nets, Jan. 2-Feb. 28. Atlantic Ocean, gill nets and trawls, 25,000-pound quota, Dec. 2-31.

For further information, call Frances McFaden, 974-3365. Following are some sports stores, listed by county, where recreational permits are available. Zip codes are included in some Baltimore listings to assist in locating closest outlets.

BALTIMORE CITY/COUNTY: Outdoor Sportsman, 807 Eastern Blvd., Essex; Set's Sport Shop, 509 York Road, Towson; Tochterman's 1925 Eastern Ave., 21231; Clyde's Sport Shop, 2307 Hammonds Ferry Road, 21227; Bowley's Bait and Tackle, 11427 Eastern Ave., Middle River; Bush's Sport Shop, 6929 Holabird Ave., 21222; Chase Bait and Tackle, 12510 Eastern Ave., 21220; Clark's Sport Shop, 3724 S. Hanover St., 21225; Dick's Sporting Goods, 221 Stemmers Run Road, Essex; E & R Gunsmith, 17025 York Road, Hereford; Laursen's Bait & Tackle, 7002 North Point Road, 21219; Old Reisterstown Bait, 16 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown; The Fishing Shop, 7682 Belair Road, Overlea; Tom's Tropicals, 9020 Belair Road.

ANNE ARUNDEL: Anglers, 435 Revell Highway, Annapolis; Bart's Sports World, 6814 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie; Brown Boys ** Marine, 668 Deale Road, Deale; C & EJ's Hunting & Fishing, 308 Southern Maryland Blvd., Lothian; Daubert's Sport Shop, 4729 Mountain Road, Pasadena; DJ's Hunting & Fishing, Crofton; Fish 'n Barrell, 8220 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena; Marty's Sporting Goods, Edgewater; MSSA, 7626 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie; On Target, 2618 Annapolis Road, Severn; Riviera Sunset Pet Shop, 8518 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena; Stammer's Sport & Marine Center, 8938 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena; Warren's Bait Box, 7403 B & A Blvd., Glen Burnie.

CALVERT: Rod 'n Reel Docks, Chesapeake Beach; Bunky's Charterboats, Solomons; The Tackle Box, Lexington Park.

CARROLL: Belcher's Hardware, 20 Liberty Road, Eldersburg; Fish Maryland, 1912 Liberty Road, Eldersburg; Heagy's Sport Shop, 16 West Main St., Westminster; Manchester Bait & Tackle, 3041 Main St., Manchester.

CECIL: Herb's Tackle Shop, 2003 South Main St., Northeast; Townsend's Rock Run Docks, Port Deposit.

DORCHESTER: Gootee's Marina, Route 355, Golden Hill; Tommy's Sporting Goods, Route 50, Cambridge.

FREDERICK: Rod Rack, 181 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick; Fox's Sport & Bait Shop, 501 S. Market St., Frederick; Frederick Sports Center, 7629 Devilbliss Bridge, Frederick; Thurmont Sporting Goods, 4 E. Main St., Thurmont.

HARFORD: Conowingo Bait, 2517 Shures Landing Road, Darlington; Hunton's Sportfishing Center, 587 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air; Penn's Beach Maina, Lewis Street, Havre de Grace; Stonewall Sports, 904 Pulaski Highway, Joppa.

HOWARD: Fishing-Archery Outfitters, 10054 Washington Blvd., Laurel.

KENT: Bear's Den, 851 High St., Chestertown; Toy's Outdoor Store, Rock Hall.

PRINCE GEORGE'S: Ugly Mike's Tackle Shop, 1322 A, Route 301 South, Bowie.

QUEEN ANNE'S: Sportsman's Service Center, Route 50, Chester; Queen Anne Marina, Stephensville.

SOMERSET: Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield.

TALBOT: Harrison's Chesapeake House, Tilghman Island; Albright's Gun Shop, 36 Dover St., Easton; Fairbank Tackle Co., Tilghman Island; Shore Sportsman, Trappe.

WICOMICO: Dave's Sport Shop, Quantico; Dick's Sports Center, South Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury.

WORCESTER: Talbot Street Pier, Talbot St., Ocean City; Sea Hawk Sport Center, Pocomoke City; Paul's Tackle, Talbot Street, Ocean City.

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