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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | April 9, 1995
In the latter part of May each year, schools of black drum begin to congregate off the mouth of the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and for a couple of weeks morning fishing can be fast and furious.But then the black drum disperse.Department of Natural Resources fisheries managers will implement a telemetry study this year to determine where the black drum go.Using fish caught by commercial fishermen and then implanted with acoustical tags by biologists, fisheries managers will be able to track the movements of the black drum.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2010
"Where are the rockfish?" If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that in the last 10 days, I'd have $2. Just joking. The question has come up at fisheries meetings in Annapolis and at the Wish-A-Fish event for special needs kids at Sandy Point State Park. It was raised by two gentlemen from the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association while I was buying my hunting license. Even the state's most sought-after rockfish — that $20,000 rascal, Diamond Jim — has made himself scarce with one month to go in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.
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By PETER BAKER | June 13, 1993
There was a snarl of boat traffic off the northwest edge of Poplar Island Friday morning, a fisherman's rush hour. The morning rush southbound on I-95 was never like this.Virtually all aboard the couple of dozen boats circling an area of shell bottom on the eastern edge of The Hill were smiling.The reason for the crowd of boats and the good humor of the fishermen was that the black drum were biting -- and the anglers were catching fish, some of which weighed more than 80 pounds.The black drum run in the Stone Rock and Poplar Island areas has become something of a rite of early summer, a fathers' day gift for middle bay fishermen between the end of the spring trophy rockfish season and the arrival of the summer blues.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | June 13, 1999
The screen on Capt. John Motovidlak's chart plotter looked like a 2-year-old's Etch-a-Sketch, a scribble of circles, ovals and squiggly black lines overlaid on the bottom contours of Eastern Bay off Rich Neck.After a windy, wet morning of rockfishing last week, Motovidlak had returned most of his party to the docks in Tilghman and headed his charter boat back out through the narrows to search for black drum, a secretive species with the size and disposition of Bluto and the table manners of Olive Oyl."
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1998
Summer fishing on the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries usually is a steady stream of rockfish, catfish, perch and black bass. But over the weekend, three unusual catches were reported to the Department of Natural Resources.Charter boat captain Skip Slomski's party, after limiting out on rockfish over 30 inches near Belvedere Shoals, caught a 16-pound bluefish while fishing for catfish at Man 'O War Shoal.Dave Drexal of Pasadena was chumming for rockfish near Podickory Point when he caught a 48-inch, 70-pound black drum.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2010
"Where are the rockfish?" If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that in the last 10 days, I'd have $2. Just joking. The question has come up at fisheries meetings in Annapolis and at the Wish-A-Fish event for special needs kids at Sandy Point State Park. It was raised by two gentlemen from the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association while I was buying my hunting license. Even the state's most sought-after rockfish — that $20,000 rascal, Diamond Jim — has made himself scarce with one month to go in the Maryland Fishing Challenge.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 24, 1994
America3, the women's team challenging for the defender's berth in the 1995 America's Cup, has been piling up major sponsors for the past few months, and last week added Dawn Riley to its crew list.Riley, who was with Bill Koch's America3 team in the last cup trials, but did not sail in the final series against Italy, recently completed the Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-woman crew."I don't know what my position will be exactly," Riley said Thursday from Newport, R.I., where she was racing a series aboard Matador.
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July 22, 1993
BLACK DRUM PLANIn the past several years, the late spring and early summer run of black drum into the water of the mid-Chesapeake Bay has been a boon to recreational fishermen and an occasional benefit for commercial fishermen.Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is in the process of formulating a management plan to ensure that the population of black drum in Maryland waters remains in its present good condition.At a joint meeting of the Tidal Fish Advisory Committee and the Sport Fishing Advisory Committee in Annapolis Monday night, representatives of DNR's Tidewater Fisheries Administration proposed a one fish daily limit and a minimum length of 15 inches.
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By PETER BAKER | June 11, 1995
With the spring trophy season for rockfish over and a month left in the early summer season, bay fishermen are starting to hit bottom -- and bottoming out on the Chesapeake Bay can be a fun time indeed.While there will be those who continue to troll through the summer for diminished numbers of bluefish and unpredictable Spanish mackerel, and also those who will catch and release rockfish, the best Chesapeake fishing will be for big black drum, croaker, sea trout, spot, white perch and flounder.
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By LONNY WEAVER | May 29, 1994
Captain Gibby Dean, who spends most of the summer chartering his boat, the Double A, out of Hoopers Island, recently told me about a school of drum measuring in the vicinity of 40 acres that had entered the lower Chesapeake. This is good news, indeed.Drum fishing throughout the middle Bay area last year was excellent. Traditionally, two of the hottest spots for drum are Stone Rock and the area around Poplar Island. If the weather cooperates we can expect drum in our area of the Bay within the next week or two.When these big fish arrive, the action can be spectacular.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1998
Summer fishing on the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries usually is a steady stream of rockfish, catfish, perch and black bass. But over the weekend, three unusual catches were reported to the Department of Natural Resources.Charter boat captain Skip Slomski's party, after limiting out on rockfish over 30 inches near Belvedere Shoals, caught a 16-pound bluefish while fishing for catfish at Man 'O War Shoal.Dave Drexal of Pasadena was chumming for rockfish near Podickory Point when he caught a 48-inch, 70-pound black drum.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1998
Jennings Randolph Reservoir in Garrett County is perhaps best known in the rest of the state for the innovative net pens at the base of the dam that produce tremendous trout. But the impoundment on the North Branch of the Potomac River also produces decent bass fishing and an occasional monster walleye.On May 16, John McCarley of Union Bridge was fishing a crawfish-colored crankbait for smallmouth bass on the reservoir upstream from Luke, when he had a walleye encounter of the state-record kind.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
In many of Maryland's tidal tributaries the black bass is a favored target of catch-and-release tournament anglers and a bycatch of commercial fishermen after marketable species.The Department of Natural Resources proposes to change some of its regulations for tidal largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries, starting next year.In the Pocomoke River and its tributaries, a catch-and-release season would be established from July 15 to Aug. 31. Bass caught in those waters during those six weeks would have to be released immediately.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 11, 1996
The two gentlemen on the Cindy Maru had it down, this business of drifting for white perch. And over the space of an hour or so yesterday morning, a parade of fishing boats formed at the mouth of the Severn River, following the lead of the Cindy Maru.So, with a half-dozen bloodworms on board -- left in the cooler from the previous evening -- it seemed only natural to fall in line for a short while and ride the current and wind across the 23- to 22-foot flats to the rise of the bar at Tolley Point.
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By PETER BAKER | June 11, 1995
With the spring trophy season for rockfish over and a month left in the early summer season, bay fishermen are starting to hit bottom -- and bottoming out on the Chesapeake Bay can be a fun time indeed.While there will be those who continue to troll through the summer for diminished numbers of bluefish and unpredictable Spanish mackerel, and also those who will catch and release rockfish, the best Chesapeake fishing will be for big black drum, croaker, sea trout, spot, white perch and flounder.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | April 9, 1995
In the latter part of May each year, schools of black drum begin to congregate off the mouth of the Choptank River on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and for a couple of weeks morning fishing can be fast and furious.But then the black drum disperse.Department of Natural Resources fisheries managers will implement a telemetry study this year to determine where the black drum go.Using fish caught by commercial fishermen and then implanted with acoustical tags by biologists, fisheries managers will be able to track the movements of the black drum.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
Recent stock assessments of red drum indicate high catch rates and low spawning success, and measures to control both will be the subject of a Maryland Department of Natural Resources public meeting Wednesday night in Berlin.The meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Stephen Decatur High School, also will deal with the status of the black drum.It is unclear whether black drum are being overfished.Copies of the draft management plan for black and red drum may be reviewed at Chesapeake Bay Program repository libraries.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1998
Jennings Randolph Reservoir in Garrett County is perhaps best known in the rest of the state for the innovative net pens at the base of the dam that produce tremendous trout. But the impoundment on the North Branch of the Potomac River also produces decent bass fishing and an occasional monster walleye.On May 16, John McCarley of Union Bridge was fishing a crawfish-colored crankbait for smallmouth bass on the reservoir upstream from Luke, when he had a walleye encounter of the state-record kind.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 24, 1994
America3, the women's team challenging for the defender's berth in the 1995 America's Cup, has been piling up major sponsors for the past few months, and last week added Dawn Riley to its crew list.Riley, who was with Bill Koch's America3 team in the last cup trials, but did not sail in the final series against Italy, recently completed the Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-woman crew."I don't know what my position will be exactly," Riley said Thursday from Newport, R.I., where she was racing a series aboard Matador.
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By Lonny Weaver | June 19, 1994
The Polvinale family, fishing out of Harrison's at Tilghman Island last week, was witness to how good the black drum fishing is when it got into a school that averaged better than 65 pounds.Forty to 80-pound drum are being caught regularly on drifted soft crab and peeler crab baits at Stone Rock and Poplar Island.Good catches of spot, white perch and croaker are awaiting anglers fishing the bottom at the mouth of the Choptank. Use crab for croakers but bloodworms for the perch and spot.Good blue fishing continues in the Middle Grounds and at the mouth of the Potomac.
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