A slow start to rockfish season

OUTDOORS

October 02, 1994|By LONNY WEAVER

The fall striped bass (rockfish) season got off to a spotty beginning this past week, but look for that to change quickly once the water cools to more fall-like temperatures.

The best rockfishing of the week probably took place in the area of Pool's Island, above the bay bridges, according to reports coming from local anglers.

Another reasonably good spot was the lower bay, in the area of Point Lookout. Captains Eddie and Stevie Davis took limits three of the first four days of the season.

"But, you had to chum," Eddie Davis said, "for some reason trolling was a waste of time, we discovered."

Keith and Carol Walters, fishing the lower Choptank, Cooks Point and in the bay area around Tilghman Island said that they caught lots of rock, "but very few legal-sized fish." Keith knew of some nice fish taken in the upper Choptank and off the Choptank River Fishing Pier.

I passed up fishing the crowded opening weekend and kicked off my season Monday while fishing out of Kentmoor Marina with Pasadena's Captain Gordon Haegerich, Tom Goodspeed of Edgewater, Bernie Hagner of Ferndale and Dick Broden of Ellicott City.

We trolled from South River up past Thomas Point Light, to off Tolly Point, and then off Hackett Point without so much as a nibble. Water temperature never cooled below 69 degrees. Radio chatter indicated zero to minimum activity throughout the area, and we finally pulled our lines for the last time a little before noon.

Safety courses planned

A boating safety course is scheduled by the Maryland Natural Resources Police to begin Oct. 19 at Annapolis Middle School. Call Pat Chew at (410) 643-5643 to register.

Six hunting safety courses are scheduled around the county this month. First-time hunters must pass such a certified course before being eligible to purchase a Maryland hunting license.

The classes will be conducted:

* Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 at Fort Meade. Information: Ed Bromble, (410) 761-2089.

* Oct. 17 at the Stoney Creek Hunting and Fishing Club. Information: Earl Zoeller, (410) 360-0872.

* Oct. 18 at The Anne Arundel Fish and Game Club. Information: Tom Carpenter, (410) 757-1945.

* Oct. 19, sponsored by The Kiwanis. Information: (410) 867-0957.

* Oct. 19, at the Pasadena Methodist Church. Information: Ray Quinn, (410) 647-8574.

Maryland deer guide

The "Maryland Deer Hunting Guide, 1994-1995" is on the newsstands and is sure to be to deer hunters what the invaluable "Fishing In Maryland" is to anglers.

"Our goal with the 'Maryland Deer Hunting Guide' is to provide readers with all the information necessary to pursue deer hunting successfully in Maryland," said Editor Bill Burton and Publisher Allan Ellis.

Apply for deer hunt

The managed deer hunt at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater will be held Nov. 26 to Dec. 10 from 30 minutes before sunrise to 2 p.m. daily.

Hunting is limited to tree stands, although a zone has been arranged for mobility-impaired hunters who have a permit to hunt from their vehicle. The hunt will be limited to 30 hunters per day. Apply by Oct. 14 by sending a 3-by-5-inch card to the DNR Wildlife Division Office, 11000 Old Indian Head Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

The card must include your full name and address, day and evening phone numbers, hunting license number, hunter safety certificate number and hunting dates requested. The drawing will be conducted Oct. 17, and hunters subsequently will be required to pass a firearms sight-in test.

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