It's over! The 1991 recreational and charter boat seasons for striped bass are closed.
Paul Massicot, administrator for the Tidewater Administration, said Thursday that the numbers for both the recreational and charter seasons were within 1 percent of their allocations, and that is where the Department of Natural Resources wanted them to be.
The 1991 season no doubt will be rehashed when the Striped Bass Advisory Board meets next month. Some board members think the season was great, while others are shaking their heads.
I will say this, it sure was different, and I'm sorry they didn't re-open the season for the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
I've heard some unkind comments regarding the Natural Resources police or marine police during therockfish season.
Most fishermen said they never saw the marine police throughout the season. I did, I was checked three times in threedifferent areas.
From Oct. 9-27, the marine police checked 13,948fishing boats containing 26,644 fishermen who had caught 5,640 fish.No one refused inspections.
The marine police wrote 91 citations and 249 warnings. Citations were issued for exceeding the daily limit(17), no license in possession (1), fishing without a license (33), possession of undersize fish (22), untagged fish (9), switching tags (1), no tags (2), snagging (1), fishing with treble hooks (1) and no boat permit (4).
Warnings were issued for untagged fish (201), no license in possession (30), no tags (6), unsigned tag (1), no boat permit (6) and fishing after legal hours (5).
Overall, I think the marine police did a darn good job. They can't be everywhere, but they certainly hit most of the hot spots.
Maryland DNR police report an increase in complaints of spotlighting, or jacklighting, a termassociated with hunting deer at night with the aid of powerful light.
Jacklighting is a serious offense with stiff penalties, and DNR
police reported 135 violations in fiscal year 1991.
It is unlawful to cast the rays of an artificial light from a vehicle on woods, fields and orchards in most counties. If convicted, a person is subject to a $2,000 fine or imprisonment for not more than six months or both.
Also, if convicted, the person will lose his hunting license for two to five years, and all firearms found in the vehicle shall beconfiscated.
Citizens may report spotlighting and other poaching violations by calling the Natural Resources police, Catch a Poacher line at 1-800-635-6124, 24 hours a day.
The Maryland SaltwaterSportfishermen's Association conducted its annual election with the following results: president, Ed Kucharski; vice president, Dale Dirks; secretary, Robert Rider; treasurer, Frank Holden.
At-large members elected to the Board of Directors are John Sippel, Corbin Cogswell, Walt Bernardy and Art Markowski.
For more information, call MSSA Executive Director Richard Novotny at 768-8666.
The Upper Bay Charter Captains conducted their annual election and returned Capt. Larry Pruett as president, Capt. John Collison as vice president and Capt. Bill Thim as secretary/treasurer.
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.