Dnr Casts Few Surprises In Rules For Bass Program

OUTDOORS

September 08, 1991|By Capt. Bob Spore

Every once in a while the old "Article Stuff" box erupts and it becomes time for one of these bits and pieces columns. Many things worth mentioning, none of which are worth an entire column.

The Department of Natural Resources has announced the ground (or it is water?) rules for the 1991-1992 striped bass season and there are no big surprises. The recreational and charter seasons open Oct. 9. The first halfof the recreational season runs to Oct. 26. During that period recreational anglers are permitted to keep two striped bass.

Assuming the entire recreational allocation (456,747 pounds) has not been caught, the season will reopen sometime after Oct. 26 for anglers to take two striped bass per day until the allocation is filled.

Fish must be tagged after they are caught. The tags have been sent to the tackle shops. You are not required to have an individual fishing license if you are fishing on a boat that is licensed. You must, however, possess at least one tag to fish for striped bass.

Anglers aboard charter boats will be permitted to keep two rockfish per person per day. Charter captains are required to tag keeper rockfish when they are caught. The captain and crew are not permitted to keep fish during their charters because they are considered recreational fishermen. They are permitted to go recreational fishing or charter another boat.

Recreational striped bass fishing in the Atlantic Oceanis permitted from Oct. 6 to 26. The daily bag limit is one fish per angler per day.

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Recreational oystering opens Oct. 1 and closes March 31. Oyster fishermen are permitted one bushel per day per person. No oysters may be taken between 3 p.m. and sunrise on weekdays and sunrise to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The fishery is closed on Sunday.

Commercial oystering also opens Oct. 1 for tonging and diving and closes March 31. Shaft tongs, patent tongs and diving limits are 15 bushels per licensee and not more than 30 bushels per boat. No commercial oystering between 3 p.m. and sunrise or on weekends.

Dredging (skipjack oystering) opens Nov. 1 and closes March 31.

In additionto the times listed above, dredge boats may work until sunset on power days.

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The Big Bucks III Tournament is scheduled Sept. 21 and 22. The angler catching the heaviest bluefish or sea trout will win $15,000. Daily prizes also will be provided.

For more information, call 855-8351. The Rod 'N Reel Club in Chesapeake Beach hosts thistournament each year.

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The Deale Volunteer Fire Department and District 12 of the Maryland Fur Trappers Inc., are sponsoring "The Deale Sportsmen Show" Sept. 28 and 29.

The show will coincide withthe celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day 1991.

This year's features will be:

* A goose-calling contest;

* A two-day competition bow shoot;

* A predator-calling contest;

* Artist Francis Sweet and author Keith Walters;

* Deer hunting authority TomFlemming;

* 1991 Maryland turkey calling champion Johnny Beardmore.

The show will be held at the Deale Volunteer Fire Department onDrumpoint Road. For more information, call 301-867-3181.

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Lowrance Electronics and Humming Bird (Techsonic Industries) are at eachother's throats, this time in the courts.

Humming Bird has been advertising its "Dimension 3" depth-finders that it claims gives a three-dimensional picture of the bottom.

Lowrance used one of its advertising campaigns, called "The Eagle Challenge," to tweak Humming Bird on its claim.

Humming Bird not only sued Lowrance but it also sent out a press release on the suit, which triggered a countersuit and a press release from Lowrance.

Next month's U.S. Power Boat Show, Oct. 17 to 20 at the Annapolis City Dock, is a good place to find out for yourself. Both Humming Bird and Lowrance will have booths in the show and you can see the demonstrations and make up your own mind.

Bob Spore is a Coast Guard-licensed charter boat captain from Pasadena. His Outdoors column appears every Friday and Sunday in the Anne Arundel County Sun.

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