Catching up on fishing the Chesapeake

OUTDOORS

August 21, 1994|By LONNY WEAVER

Last week Dick Broden and I launched his boat at Sandy Point for a few hours of carefree fish finding.

Fishing from one end of the Chesapeake to the other is as good as I have seen it in some years.

For example, while fishing with Captain Eddie Davis recently in the area known as the Middle Grounds, we filled the fish box with speckled trout weighing 3 to 6 pounds, hardhead averaging 3 pounds, jumbo spot, tasty blowfish and schools of breaking snapper blues.

The bottom fishing minutes out of Annapolis, Chesapeake Beach and points north, south and east is simply fabulous.

Broden and I ran clear down to Blackwalnut Point, which is the southern-most tip of Tilghman Island and in no time put a couple of dinners worth of jumbo spot and hardheads in the cooler.

Broden suggested trolling small spoons in the off chance of picking up a Spanish mackerel or two on the run back toward the Bay Bridges.

We tied small metal planers ahead of the spoons and trolled at about 7 knots, which is nearly twice as fast as you would pull a lure if the target species were blues or rockfish.

Spanish mackerel have been south of Chesapeake Beach. We got into them south of Bloody Point and by the mouth of Eastern Bay.

Take hunting safety classes

Maryland residents must pass a certified hunter's safety course before purchasing a hunting license.

In Anne Arundel County, courses are set for: Aug. 23-25 at Fort Meade, call Ed Bromble at (410) 761-2089; Sept. 6-10 at the Trinity Bible Church, call Lee Collison at (410) 787-8786; Sept. 13-17 at Anne Arundel County Fish and Game, call (410) 757-1945; Sept. 19-24 at the Stoney Creek Hunting and Fishing Club, call Earl Zoeller at (410) 360-0872.

Rockfish season planned

The fall striped bass season will open Sept. 24 and will continue at least until Nov. 14 and possibly longer. Fishing will be permitted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the minimum size is 18 inches. Sports anglers are permitted to keep a single legal-sized rockfish daily while those fishing aboard a charter boat are allowed to keep two.

Beginning Jan. 1, striped bass will be reclassified to a "fully recovered fishery." Pete Jensen, the Department of Natural Resources' Director of Fisheries, said we can then expect a 120- to 140-day season, plus the usual monthlong (possibly two months) spring trophy season.

Dove season dates set

The dates for the early mourning dove season are Sept. 1 to Oct. 22. Hunting hours are noon to sunset, and the daily bag is a dozen.

Now is the time to begin lining up dove hunting spots. If you are having difficulty getting permission to hunt private land, here are some nearby Wildlife Management Areas offering dove hunting: Hugg-Thomas (410) 356-9272, Chapel Point State Park (301) 743-5161, McKee-Beshers (301) 258-7308, Cheltenham and Nottingham, both at (301) 372-8128.

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