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By PETER BAKER | March 13, 1994
For many years, a rite of late winter and early spring for anglers along Maryland's Atlantic coast was a headboat trip offshore for Atlantic mackerel. For the past few years, the spring trips have been less than spectacular, and last year the mackerel run never developed.This year, almost midway into March, the mackerel are still absent.Vaughn Anthony, a scientist with the National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Scientific Center in Woods Hole, Mass., said Friday that although the mackerel have been coming inshore less predictably in recent years, the coastal population is still in // great shape.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | October 6, 2002
George Hemlet started catching fish with a cane pole when he was just a little lad. That itty-bitty pole wouldn't have helped him much on Wednesday, when the 70-year-old retired machinist from Bel Air caught a Spanish mackerel that broke the state record. Hemlet and six friends were chumming for rockfish aboard Capt. Frank Carver's Loosen Up, out of Deale. It took them just 45 minutes to reach their limit, so they turned their attention to other targets. They landed 50 blues and 39 Spanish mackerel and were idling by Buoy 83 when lightning struck.
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By PETER BAKER | April 17, 1994
OCEAN CITY -- On those days when the fish don't bite -- and those days befall every fisherman or fishing captain at one time or another -- sometimes it is enough to keep an ear to the wall and to learn a bit of the pragmatic and the picayune sides of man.Take last Thursday, for instance.The word was out that the mackerel were running and two dozen anglers had made their way down through a thick Eastern Shore fog to the docks at the bayside foot of Talbot Street to board The Angler for a day of fishing.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1999
On Sunday, with fall fishing patterns firming up on Chesapeake Bay, Tom Haller of Lusby caught a big piece of late summer action off Randall Cliffs -- a state-record Spanish mackerel.For the most part, Spanish mackerel move out of Maryland's bay waters in early to mid September, as water temperatures begin to drop.According to a catch report filed with the Department of Natural Resources, Haller was fishing aboard Capt. Charlie Marenka's charterboat, Jennifer Anne, trolling parachutes and large bucktails off the western shore for big rockfish.
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By Bill Burton | March 27, 1991
Forget about the salt, and not just for health. For taste.When most anyone thinks about mackerel, the salted mackerel variety comes to mind. Matter of fact in the old days, the term "Boston mackerel" meant salted mackerel. Atlantic mackerel, which is the common name for the species now running off Ocean City, were considered to be fresh mackerel.Through the years the two designations have merged, and a mackerel is a mackerel -- if one doesn't get into such things as Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, cero mackerel, chub mackerel, Sierra mackerel and so forth.
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By PETER BAKER | April 12, 1994
TC At the end of last week, the headboats out of Ocean City began to pick up a few mackerel and herring, and on Saturday, Charles Nichols of the Ocean City Fishing Center said yesterday, "The fishing was excellent."On Sunday, however, the weather grew blustery from the southwest, and neither the O.C. Princess nor the brand-new Angler could get out to where the fish were.The Angler (410-289-7424), a fiberglass 65-footer that replaces the wooden Angler that made runs from Ocean City for many years, is planning to sail daily this week, weather permitting.
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By Bill Burton | August 6, 1991
Originally, today's effort was targeted to a rundown on the Spanish mackerel explosion on the Western Shore in the Chesapeake Beach area, but decision time for waterfowl has intervened.But, first, be it known that the mackerel run is for real -- the best anyone can remember. Much of the action is from the Radar Station to Calvert Cliffs; yesterday Carl Taylor and I caught 24 on gold Clarke spoons in several hours of deep trolling off Chesapeake Beach. We kept 10 of from 2 to 3 pounds, preferring not to take advantage of the no creel limit on these unpredictable fish that are so tasty, scrappy and swift.
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By Bill Burton | March 26, 1991
OCEAN CITY -- Good things come to those who wait. And wait and wait, and wait.Here we are, 25 of us, approaching the first lump of the Bass Grounds 7 1/2 miles off Ocean City's 90th Street scouting for Boston mackerel.What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, the 60 anglers aboard the 80-foot headboat Miss Ocean City were reeling in fish constantly, but by late evening came wind gusts of 40 knots. This morning the winds are gone, but so are the mackerel.So, for Capt. John Bunting in the topside pilot house, it's the formidable problem of fish scattered by the heavy seas whipped up during the night, but mercifully flattened by daybreak.
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By Bill Burton | August 9, 1991
KENT ISLAND -- The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. Not infrequently such assumptions prompt one to run away from what he chases.Or, as my grandmother often reminded me: "Many a country boy rips his britches climbing over the fence." Those words are brought to mind as I ponder my latest attempt to chase down the Spanish mackerel speeding up the bay in unprecedented numbers.When Vince Thebaud, Ken Hartley and I boarded Capt. Calvert Bregel's Miss Demeanor our only target was mackerel.
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By Bill Burton | September 26, 1990
Better late than never. Most of the bluefish so abundant in the Chesapeake Bay are now over a pound; fish of two to three pounds are not uncommon. That's the right size for stuffing and baking, grilling and also for a modified version of an old rich and buttery poached bluefish dish.Blues in the current run are small enough that they aren't oily or fishy, though they are plump after feeding well in the Chesapeake for most of the summer. No strong flavor, thus no need to skin them. Scale them, then take advantage of the skin to hold the flesh together better when cooking.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1999
Among the most pleasant surprises Chesapeake Bay anglers might encounter at this time of year is a good run of Spanish mackerel, a long, thin fish that mixes with schools of blues and rock and hits lures with abandon.Buddy Fuller of Mechanicsville got the best possible surprise on Aug. 16 -- an 8.45-pound Spanish mackerel that set a state record.Fuller, 17, was fishing southwest of the Target Ship aboard the Lisa S when the 32.5-inch fish hit a small, gold Huntington Drone spoon.The Lisa S is based at Scheible's Fishing Center in Ridge, and that day's charter party was trolling the edges of mixed schools of mackerel, bluefish and rockfish.
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By Maggie Gallagher and Maggie Gallagher,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 27, 1998
"Mackerel by Moonlight," by William Weld. Simon and Schuster. 238 pages. $23.Mackerel by Moonlight" is a hardboiled detective fiction, minus the detective. Instead, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld offers us for the hero a former prosecutor turned politician Terry Mullaly - who likes to hunt big game: sometimes it's deer; Sometimes its crooks. And sometimes it's a dame.In today's climate, it's perhaps best to go straight to point: Judging by the way he writes about women (which admittedly may be an unfair measure)
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 30, 1997
I will be going to Sarasota, Fla., for a few days in late December and want to catch a marlin. Where can I charter a boat? How much would it cost?You're fishing off the wrong pier. Charter-boat operators we contacted said that while a marlin might be found in the deeper parts of the Gulf of Mexico, the fish is more like the baseball team that has adopted its name: It lives closer to Miami, in the Atlantic.But that doesn't mean there aren't some challenging angling opportunities off Sarasota.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1997
Rockfish season has been open for 11 days, and according to Department of Natural Resources catch reports, "there is no shortage of big, bruiser stripers in the middle and upper bay.""Stripers of this size class have not been encountered at this time of year in the sheer numbers we have been seeing over the past several days," said Martin L. Gary, DNR Fisheries Service biologist who tracks sport fishing across the state."RJ's Bait and Tackle in Breezy Point alone reported over 20 citation stripers checked in over the weekend."
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1997
In a couple of weeks the hunting season for bearded turkeys opens across Maryland, and according to Steve Bittner, the state's forest game project manager, prospects are good in all counties."
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By PETER BAKER | March 23, 1995
The mackerel run is starting to pick up steam off Ocean City, with customers aboard the head boat Miss Ocean City catching herring and 20 to 30 mackerel apiece last Saturday and Sunday.Last weekend, the Miss Ocean City ran south to Winter Quarter shoal, but Capt. John Bunting, master of the Miss Ocean City, predicts that by this weekend the mackerel will be much closer to the inlet.Weather permitting, the Miss Ocean City sails daily at 7 a.m. from the Shantytown Docks in West Ocean City. Trips end at 2 p.m.The cost is $30 per angler.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1997
In a couple of weeks the hunting season for bearded turkeys opens across Maryland, and according to Steve Bittner, the state's forest game project manager, prospects are good in all counties."
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | April 18, 1993
Mackerel run is big disappointmentThe head boats in Ocean City had their act together early this year, with Capt. John Bunting and the Miss Ocean City ready for mackerel trips out of the Ocean City Fishing Center late in February.But the mackerel, a tasty little fish that migrates northward along the coast, has yet to come close inshore. And the bet at this point is that there will not be much mackerel fishing in Virginia, Delaware and Maryland waters this spring."It's terrible. I don't even want to talk about it," said the fishing center's Charles Nichols, who has the O. C. Princess and the Miss Ocean City available for daily trips but little to fish for."
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | January 26, 1995
Katherina Serafima Gleb is a security guard at an archive of dead brains. The brains belonged to Lenin and Stalin and Brezhnev, but others will be along soon: certainly Gorbachev, definitely Yeltsin and, come to think of it, why limit the place to Russians?It's the dying of socialism we're watching in Tony Kushner's "Slavs!" now playing at Center Stage, but it's also the dying of the light, any light which gives itself a name and imagines itself guiding humanity through the dark.The Russians can't feed themselves, so they reach for their bottles of vodka.
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By PETER BAKER | August 7, 1994
Terns and gulls were screeching, whirling, diving. Here and there baitfish cleared the surface of this small portion of Chesapeake Bay, chased upward by hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of larger fish feeding heavily.And Jim Phillips was laughing."D'you see that?" Phillips said, balancing against the starboard gunwale. "I had just taken my fly from the water and a striper came two feet out of the water after it. Too bad it missed. That would have really been something."As it was, the previous 30 minutes or so already had been something special.
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