Trophy rockfish season opens today

May 01, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The Maryland spring trophy season for rockfish opens today at 5 a.m with a 34-inch minimum size limit in waters of the Chesapeake Bay main stem from the north span of the Bay Bridge south and Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. All rivers and tributaries are closed for stripers during the spring trophy

season, which runs through May 31.

Fishing hours are 5 a.m. through 8 p.m., and possession of stripers while fishing or on the water is illegal from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Anglers must buy a $2 permit in addition to all applicable licenses before going out for rockfish, and catches must be tagged and logged in by telephone. Call (800) 999-2800.

The daily creel limit is one per person, with three keepers allowed per person over the season.

Live bait and the use of gaffs to land fish are prohibited.

Ronstan/Mumm 36

Ken Read of Newport, R.I., skippering Pigs in Space, won the inaugural Ronstan/Mumm 36 East Coast Championship last Sunday in Annapolis. Geoff Stagg of Annapolis was Read's tactician in the eight-race series.

While Stagg and Read were models of consistency through the three-day regatta (6-1-2-2-4-3-2-2), Chris Larson (skipper) of Annapolis and John Kostecki (tactician) of San Francisco sailed Moxie to three wins and finished second (4-2-PMS-5-1-1-3-1). However, a 12-point penalty in Friday's third race made it impossible for Moxie to catch Read and Co.

New speed limits

The area for a 6-knot speed limit in the upper Middle River has been expanded from Galloway point 210 degrees north and then south to the head of the river on Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays.

A minimum wake zone has been created for Scotchman Creek on the Bohemia River in Cecil County.

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