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By Brian Compere, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
When Bryan Schmitt left his Deale home to compete in a three-day fishing tournament last weekend in North East, the bass fishing ahead of him was not necessarily the biggest thing on his mind. His thoughts were focused on his wife, Ashleigh, and newborn son, Dylan, both of whom he was leaving at home less than two weeks after his son's birth. Even though he wished he could have been at home, he knew his wife was behind him. “She always supports me,” he said. “I just personally felt a little guilty leaving like a week after my son was born to go fish a tournament.
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From Sun staff reports | April 27, 2014
The spring recreational fishing season for Maryland's iconic striped bass, better known as rockfish, began last weekend and runs through May 15 with a limit of one fish per person per day and a minimum size of 28 inches. Striped bass fishing until May 15 is restricted to Chesapeake Bay waters from the Brewerton Channel to the Virginia line, including Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. Fishing is not allowed in any other bays, tributaries, creeks and rivers in order to avoid disrupting spawning activity.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | April 30, 1995
For several years, fans of pro basketball and Major League Baseball have had opportunities to attend fantasy camps in which they work out with and learn from the professionals.Now, Bobby Wilson, a South Carolina pro angler, has put together a similar program for bass fishermen. Called Camp Fish-N-Fun, Wilson's fantasy camp is suited to all fishermen over the age of 12, but is aimed at those who follow the professional bass fishing circuits.Wilson has lined up 26 bass pros to eat and fish with campers, and to teach shoreside seminars.
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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 Lonny Weaver and Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 28, 1996
Largemouth bass fishing on the Potomac is just about ready to peak."Normally, these bass begin spawning in March, but because of the lingering cool temperatures, the indications point to the first or second week of May before the prime spawning period gets under way," professional bass guide Richie Gaines told me during a great bassin' trip last Wednesday.In deference to a strong northwesterly wind and unseasonably chilly temperatures, Gaines suggested we launch his fully equipped bass boat from the Smallwood State Park ramp and confine the morning's fishing to the much calmer Mattawoman Creek.
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By Judy Colbert | September 15, 2011
Luke Clausen found a rare day in June when, on the fourth day of the FLW Tour bass fishing tournament on the Potomac River out of National Harbor, he brought in 19 pounds, 4 ounces of fish, two pounds more than any other professional fishermen had caught that day. His total catch weighed 69 pounds, 14 ounces, and it earned him a cool $125,000 paycheck. Rocell Viniard, vice president and director of marketing for National Harbor, figures several thousand people attended the event, particularly on the last day, when FLW and sponsors have a lot of free family activities that are open to the public.
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April 18, 1993
INDIAN HEAD -- The traffic on Mattawoman Creek is heavy for a weekday morning -- a curious beaver and a white-tailed deer having made their way across the creek channel, causing us to slow below the 6-knot speed limit to let them pass -- but it matters little.A balky trolling motor has sent us back toward the launch at Slavin's for repairs, and the pair of beautiful swimmers is a pleasant diversion.The beaver dives and surfaces, takes a peek at the sleek bass boat Ken Penrod has borrowed while awaiting delivery of a new model, and dives again only to surface a few yards further across the channel.
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By Lonny Weaver and Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 18, 1997
On my first cast of the day, I scored a bulls-eye on a submerged stump. Bass pro Bob Parker attempted to conceal his amusement while nudging his boat toward the Mattawoman Creek shoreline so that we could free my lure. It was the first of a series of mishaps and the beginning of a great largemouth bass safari.If I had to limit all my bass fishing to a single spot, the choice would be this section of the lower Potomac River. Most bass fans finger this area as the East Coast's finest largemouth waters.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 10, 1997
Picture, if you will, this scene: A businessman places a chair outside his office door and practices pitchin' a lure under it while keeping an eye on the hum and drum of commerce.It could be at any small business in any small town in the country where bass fishing is king, right?Wrong.Zimbabwe. Harare, Zimbabwe, to be exact.And pitchin' a lure beneath a chair is how Gerry Jooste practiced his technique for the BASS Masters Classic that ended yesterday on Lake Logan Martin near Birmingham, Ala.Jooste, a 39-year-old boatbuilder, had a problem, you see.While there are big bass in Zimbabwe thanks to a stocking program started by the Bass Anglers Sportsmans Society in 1982, there is a dearth of docks and piers on the bass waters of that African country.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2000
POSSUM RIDGE, Ky. - Bait a hook. Cast a line. Catch a fish. It's an activity as old as the hills, with demographics to match. Fishing? That's for retired folks, and bass fishing is for Bubba. That's a problem for the masterminds plotting the future of professional bass fishing, which has limited visibility even though its tournaments have made winners rich and famous. Sponsors demand fans - the younger and hipper, the better - and the promise of television coverage with head-snapping action.
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November 1, 2013
Thanks for your excellent reporting on the Charles County growth situation ( "State, Charles County at odds over growth plan," Oct. 28). I am conservation director for the Southern Region of the Maryland Bass Nation, a bass fishing organization. The area in and around Mattawoman Creek is one the country's best bass fisheries. Many national and regional bass fishing tournaments are held there, bringing many people to the area who provide revenues to local businesses such as motels and restaurants.
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By Brian Compere, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
When Bryan Schmitt left his Deale home to compete in a three-day fishing tournament last weekend in North East, the bass fishing ahead of him was not necessarily the biggest thing on his mind. His thoughts were focused on his wife, Ashleigh, and newborn son, Dylan, both of whom he was leaving at home less than two weeks after his son's birth. Even though he wished he could have been at home, he knew his wife was behind him. “She always supports me,” he said. “I just personally felt a little guilty leaving like a week after my son was born to go fish a tournament.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Six people have been charged since the start of this month with illegally catching striped bass in federal waters more than three miles off the coast of Ocean City , according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Police said the recreational fishers had caught the fish, all more than 28 inches in length, in what is known as the Exclusive Economic Zone - a designated area of waters between 3 and 200 miles off the United States coastline where the federal government holds jurisdiction.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census. The abundance of palm-sized newborns bodes well for those who catch — and those who eat — the official state fish, also known as rockfish. "We had a widespread good spawn in the bay. … In three to four years that will translate into excellent fishing," said Tom O'Connell, director of the Fisheries Service for the Department of Natural Resources.
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By Judy Colbert | September 15, 2011
Luke Clausen found a rare day in June when, on the fourth day of the FLW Tour bass fishing tournament on the Potomac River out of National Harbor, he brought in 19 pounds, 4 ounces of fish, two pounds more than any other professional fishermen had caught that day. His total catch weighed 69 pounds, 14 ounces, and it earned him a cool $125,000 paycheck. Rocell Viniard, vice president and director of marketing for National Harbor, figures several thousand people attended the event, particularly on the last day, when FLW and sponsors have a lot of free family activities that are open to the public.
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August 22, 2011
River cleanup and tubing Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Patapsco Valley State Park, Avalon area: 5120 South St., Halethorpe. Float down the river and help with a river cleanup, picking up litter and dragging debris to the side for later pickup. Bring your own tube. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 20 participants. Call 443-636-0163 in advance to register. Cost is free and donations are welcome. Boating meeting Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee meeting, Kent Island Yacht Club, 117 Yacht Club Drive, Chester.
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By Capt. Bob Spore | January 6, 1991
Largemouth bass fishing continues to be big business in the recreational fishing industry.I remember when largemouth bass fishing came of age -- or rage -- in the early 1970s. You couldn't catch a bass on an ordinary rod; it had to be a bass rod or worming stick that felt more like a pool cue than a fishing rod.And spinning reels were out -- only conventional, bait casting reels could catch them big hawgs (bass).Everyone had to be a member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS), and no BASS member would be caught dead fishing in anything other than a bass boat.
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From Sun staff reports | April 27, 2014
The spring recreational fishing season for Maryland's iconic striped bass, better known as rockfish, began last weekend and runs through May 15 with a limit of one fish per person per day and a minimum size of 28 inches. Striped bass fishing until May 15 is restricted to Chesapeake Bay waters from the Brewerton Channel to the Virginia line, including Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. Fishing is not allowed in any other bays, tributaries, creeks and rivers in order to avoid disrupting spawning activity.
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By Candus Thomson and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2010
He has been striped bass fishing off Brooklyn, N.Y., and largemouth bass fishing under a pier back home in Florida, but one of the places where Oriole Luke Scott remains a rookie is the Chesapeake Bay. That shortcoming will be remedied May 1, when the designated hitter-first baseman will fish the 27th annual Championship on the Chesapeake, the long-running contest sponsored by the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association. On board with Scott will be the winner of a World Fishing Network contest and a friend.
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By Candus Thomson | March 21, 2010
Eric Hayden of Bowie writes: This has felt like the longest winter on record because my cabin fever is raging. I know I must have missed it earlier, but could you please remind me about the new rules regarding catch-and-release striped bass fishing this spring? Outdoors Girl replies: When it comes to cabin fever, join the club. The winter of 2009-2010 is now in the books, at least as far as the equinox is concerned. Let's hope the weather gods can read the calendar. The new catch-and-release rules for the Chesapeake Bay go into effect Monday and continue until April 17, when the spring trophy season starts.
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