Rockfish permits available tomorrow

April 04, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Permits for the spring trophy rockfish season will be available to the public starting tomorrow at De- Notebook

partment of Natural Resources regional service centers and stores that regularly sell Maryland fishing licenses.

The permits, which will cost $2 each, are mandatory for all anglerswho plan to fish for stripers during the season, which runs from May 1 to May 31.

The permits also will be valid during the fall rockfish season.

For the spring season, a single, plastic tag also will be issued and must be attached immediately through the gill or mouth of any legal rockfish caught.

The minimum size for spring stripers is 36 inches, and only one is allowed per angler per season. All fish of legal size must be checked at a checking station on the same day they are caught.

It again will be illegal to use gaffs or live bait during the trophy season, and possession of stripers while fishing or on the water will be illegal between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The legal fishing area will be from the north span of the bay bridges south to the Virginia line and only in the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tributaries and the upper bay are closed to protect spawning stocks.

Frank's dream, Part 2

A few years ago, Nance Frank of Annapolis thought she would realize her dream of racing a sailboat around the world with an all-woman crew.

Her group crossed the starting line of the last Whitbread Round the World Race, but then had to head back to the docks because there were not funds on hand to continue racing.

On Sept. 25, Frank and an all-woman crew expect they will start and finish the Whitbread -- as the only American entrant.

Delivery of a boat built for the race is expected on April 12 in Norfolk, and after many years of fund raising, Frank believes the money will hold out this time around.

Bassmaster winner

Randy Dearman of Onalaska, Texas, won the recent Bassmaster Texas Invitational on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with more than 67 pounds of bass caught over three days.

Leo (Buck) Doran of Belcamp was the best Maryland finisher, with 27 pounds, 10 ounces, in 88th place.

Chester Sadowski of Baltimore was 94th with 26-10, Robert Smith of Frederick was 240th with 14-13, Jerry Sliwinski of Parkville was 291st with 9-4, and Jay D. Holt of Silver Spring was 312th with 5-4.

Miscellaneous

Artist Louis Frisino of Severn has won the 1993-1994 Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest. Frisino's painting of pair of canvasbacks, Resting Canvasbacks, was selected from 89 entries. . . . Annapolis yacht designer Bruce Farr has been named designer of the year by Yachting Magazine. Name a big-boat racing class, and Farr's designs have won it if not swept three of the top five places.

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