Peter Baker's journal

OUTDOORS

January 28, 1993

SPRING ROCKFISH

On Tuesday evening, the Tidewater Fisheries Division of the Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing on this year's spring trophy season for rockfish (striped bass).

As expected, the season will run through the month of May with a minimum size limit of 36 inches and a limit of one trophy fish per angler during the season.

The changes this year involve a $2 permit that must be purchased by all recreational fishermen except charter boat customers. Charter boat captains are responsible for the permit procedure for their customers.

The $2 permit must be purchased by all other fishermen, including those who may be exempt from the Bay Sport Fishing License. Yes, that includes children under the age of 16.

When purchasing the permit, fishermen will be issued one numbered tag to attach immediately to a trophy fish that has been caught. Permit and tag must be in the possession of fishermen before they go out for rockfish.

The permit will be valid for both the spring and fall rockfish seasons this year, with a possibility that additional tag numbers will be issued for the fall season.

The money raised by the permit (DNR figures that roughly $190,000 will be raised) will be applied to the fisheries research fund and to hatchery operations.

LICENSE REMINDERS

Under the new fee schedule for fishing licenses in Maryland, seniors are required to purchase a consolidated license ($5) that allows them to fish anywhere in the state.

Boat owners who purchase the bay boat license ($30) no longer will be issued a Chesapeake Bay sports fishing license at the same time. In order to fish from shore or from an unlicensed boat, holders of the bay boat license will have to purchase a separate bay sport fishing license ($7).

CALENDAR

Through Saturday: Bow season for deer.

Through Feb. 10: Snow goose season, 4 per day.

Tomorrow-Sunday: The Fly Fishing Show at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J. Billed as the largest fly fishing show in the world. Hundreds of exhibitors including guide services, rod and reel manufacturers and vendors, fly-tying materials and expertise. Show opens at 4 p.m. tomorrow and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Show hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, with openings at 9 a.m. the other two days. Admission on Friday is $5 and $10 on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (800) 848-1020.

Saturday: MCM hike through Seton Hill, Tyler Street, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, Canton, Fells Point, Little Italy and the Inner Harbor. Lunch at Haussner's. For more information, call (410) 740-0728.

Sunday: MCM hike at Cove Mountain. For more information, call (410) 335-2146.

Through Sunday: International Auto Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. Show includes section of four-wheel drive vehicles and recreational vehicles. Show opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Through Sunday: Philadelphia Boat Show, Philadelphia Civic Center. Boats and accessories, water skiing clinics and fishing seminars. Speakers include Woo Daves, Randal Romig and Denny Brauer. Show opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

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