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December 25, 2009
State officials say all Maryland recreational anglers must register with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before fishing in 2010. The requirement is part of a federal initiative to help ensure the long-term sustainability of America's fisheries. Although the survey is focused on saltwater species, some ocean fish travel between salt and fresh waters, so anyone fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and coastal waters must register. Anglers must provide their name, birth date, address, telephone number and the regions they plan to fish.
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By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
One might not associate ocean fishing with 100-pound fish, sponsorships and millions in cash prizes. But for fishing boat captain Ted Deppe, that's what it is. The 52-year-old from Crownsville, along with two crewmates and five anglers, spend much of their free time competing in ocean fishing competitions, and have been very successful - so much so that Deppe's team was recently offered a sponsorship from Under Armour, which pays for its gear....
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For The Aegis | September 24, 2012
With 253 boats from all over the east coast fishing the renown White Marlin Open Tournament in Ocean City, Jane, Tom and Lance Smith, of Bel Air, and crew on board their 43-foot custom Carolina boat, Longfin, were fortunate to get to the weigh scales and post a category win for the third time. They had consecutive winning years with a second place white marlin, and this year they took a second place in the shark division with a 126-pound mako shark. It was caught trolling in 300 fathoms in the Baltimore Canyon on an artificially molded chugger.
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From Sun staff reports | June 14, 2014
Evinrude pro angler Scott Martin knows from experience what to expect from the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division stop on the Potomac River in Marbury on June 19-21, and he has high expectations. "My favorite thing about the Potomac is that you have a lot of fishable water," said Martin, who won a Walmart FLW Tour event there in 2012. "The whole river is good. This time of the year the fish will be postspawn and it will fish really similar to how I won two years ago. Everything is a little behind schedule this year, though.
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By Candus Thomson and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
For more than 56,000 Maryland anglers, there's nothing so sweet or more of a harbinger of spring than the growl of the big trucks filled with trout. In good weather and bad, state fisheries tank trucks load up with thousands of trout raised at hatcheries and drop them off in waterways from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore: iridescent speckled rainbows; dusky, glistening brown trout; and a sunflower-yellow variety that makes the surrounding water glitter. "I left with 2,200 [fish]
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By Candus Thomson and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2010
Now I know how those White House party crashers felt. I received an e-mail Wednesday addressed to "Dear Chesapeake Bay colleague," inviting me to listen in on a "special briefing for the watermen and recreational fishing communities on a new federal strategy for protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed." Earlier in the day, the Obama administration announced a "we really mean it this time" plan to restore the bay that involves tons of federal tough love and forces the six states in the watershed to break a sweat on enacting and enforcing stricter pollution and development laws.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2011
Sometimes, you get your wish. Saturday was that day for the Barnes family of Upper Marlboro. Like hundreds of families before them, they learned about the magic of the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, which brings together recreational anglers and special needs children, or those fighting a cruel illness, for a free day of fishing on theChesapeake Bay. Saturday couldn't have been prettier, a rare break in the steam bath of July. The fish? They cooperated for the nearly two dozen families at this year's event.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
What is now billed as the "world's largest rockfish tournament" began 30 years ago with a different catch in mind - bluefish - and pretty much remained that way until a decade ago. That's when the once-plentiful bluefish population became scarce around the Chesapeake Bay and rockfish, which began to repopulate during a three-year moratorium in the early 1990s, became the event's focal point. And so was born "The Championship on the Chesapeake. " Part of a branding move by the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, the event was expected to attract 500 boats and 3,500 anglers this weekend.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
The final event of the 2012 season for the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association (MSSA) attracted more than 800 anglers on 220 boats in pursuit of almost $80,000 in prize money. Fishing out of Solomons, Lee Tippett, captain of the Fin Finder II, along with Andrew Turner and his crew reeled in a 41.35 pound rockfish to win the first prize of $45,000 in the MSSA Fall Classic Rockfish Tournament, the country's largest rockfish tournament. The event was held Nov. 17 and 18 on the Chesapeake Bay from Sandy Point to Point Lookout.
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By GARY DIAMOND | January 31, 1993
March 27 usually is heralded by Harford County's recreational anglers as a day when all symptoms of cabin fever disappear.It's traditionally the first day of trout season, a time when Rocks State Park is invaded by thousands of avid fishermen from throughout Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.A little more than 10 years ago, parking restrictions were imposed at Rocks, where several roadside pull-offs were barricaded with logs and boulders. Park personnel claimed anglers parking at unpaved sites were causing serious environmental damage by compacting the soil or causing erosion.
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By Matt Schnabel and Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
For years, those fishing in East Coast waterways have faced bans on felt-soled boots and urgings that they scrub their gear to combat the spread of a pervasive algae. But a recent Dartmouth College study could turn such thinking on its head. Didymo, a species of diatom that produces threadlike stalks called "rock snot" blooms, long has been believed to represent an invasive threat to bodies of water across the nation, but the algae is largely native to those areas, according to the study.
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By Mike King and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
Sondra Harrison McGee, who co-owned and managed her family's Pier Five seafood restaurant on Pratt Street, died of a heart attack March 17 at her Marco Island, Fla., home. She was 71 and had lived in the Hampton section of Towson. Born on Tilghman Island, she was the daughter of Levin F. Harrison Jr. and Alice Garvin Harrison, who owned and operated Harrison's Chesapeake House. Her father was a charter fishing boat operator and her mother ran the popular Eastern Shore summer hotel and restaurant.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014
Light-tackle rockfish Monday, Feb. 17: Angler and author Shawn Kimbro will cover catching big rockfish on light tackle at a 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Broadneck/Magothy River chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association at American Legion Post 175 at 832 Manhattan Beach Road in Severna Park. For more information, contact Skip Zinck at 410-913-9043. Fly-fishing talk Wednesday, Feb. 19: William Heresniak, owner-operator of Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing in Alexandria, Va., and a professional guide since 2003, will discuss trout in the Mid-Atlantic at a Maryland Trout Unlimited meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400W.
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By Brian Compere, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
When Charlie Schneider came back one day in June after being out fishing near his Tilghman Island home, he noticed he was getting chills. His left ankle itched and got worse and worse through the evening. It eventually started to throb a bit, and he couldn't sleep. At 2 a.m., he asked his wife to get an ice pack before discovering that his ankle had swollen to twice its normal size. He didn't know what had caused the reaction, but his decision to go straight to the hospital ultimately helped save his legs - and his life.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | December 10, 2013
A recreational fishing group is taking issue with Maryland's plan to increase the allowable catch of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay next year, calling it "imprudent" in light of troubling trends in the coastwide population of the highly prized migratory fish. Coastal Conservation Association Maryland has written Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill urging him to rescind his agency's decision to raise the annual harvest quota for striped bass, or rockfish, by 14 percent in 2014.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1998
Tomorrow at 5 a.m., the entire main stem of the Chesapeake Bay opens for striped bass fishing, and upper-bay anglers can begin to get their piece of the rock without making the run south to waters below Brewerton Channel at the mouth of the Patapsco River.Since the spring rockfish season opened at the end of April, the main stem above Brewerton Channel has been closed to anglers targeting rockfish (striped bass).According to statistics for the last few years from the Department of Natural Resources, and biological trends this season, the first two or three weeks of June could provide excellent fishing for stripers, even though the 28-inch minimum will remain in effect through June 14.Martin L. Gary, who tracks recreational and charterboat catches for DNR's Fisheries Service, said last week that rockfish catches have been sporadic in the areas immediately below Brewerton Channel.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2012
With the lure of making as much as $100,000 in prize money, nearly 4,000 anglers in some 650 boats are expected to descend on the Chesapeake Bay next weekend for what is billed as "the largest rockfish tournament in the world. " According to Dave Smith, executive director of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, there are "over 50 ways to win. " First place in the main draw is worth a guaranteed $15,000. The big money is made in what MSSA bills as a "tournament within a tournament.
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