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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1998
If Horace Greeley were a rockfish fisherman this spring, his advice to Baltimore-Annapolis area anglers would be to "go south."The Department of Natural Resources, which monitors rockfish action through citations issued and catch reports from tackle shops and charter-boat centers, reports the early days of the season have been providing fabulous fishing."
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2001
The underwater grasses that provide vital shelter to Chesapeake Bay creatures are rebounding in an important blue crab nursery, but they declined sharply in the middle bay last year, according to a new survey. In Tangier Sound, where juvenile blue crabs rely on the grasses for concealment from predators, the bay's largest underwater meadows expanded by nearly 3,000 acres last year. It was the second year in a row that the grasses grew back, showing signs of recovery after mysterious, enormous losses in 1998.
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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 | 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 Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1996
Hurricane Bertha made a mess of fishing conditions along Maryland's Atlantic Coast last weekend, roiling the back bays and keeping the deep sea fishing boats at the docks.But as dozens of offshore fishermen make final preparations for the start of the O.C. Tuna Tournament, reports are that with Bertha's passing the waters over the canyons again are producing tuna.The word yesterday from the O.C. Fishing Center, where the tournament is headquartered, was that "everything has settled down nicely, and the few boats that have been out this week already are catching tuna again."
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By LONNY WEAVER | May 9, 1993
I had the pleasure of spending a few hours on the Chesapeake Bay with Attorney General Janet Reno during last Saturday's trophy striped bass season opener.We accompanied Department of Natural Resources officials Pete Jensen, Francis McFadden and John Verrico. Also on board was Ann Hook, a friend of Reno's, and two security men.Actually, the DNR officials and I didn't plan on having the United States' first woman attorney general on board.But just as the DNR police boat was preparing to leave the Annapolis City Dock, I noticed two women strolling by, followed closely by two attentive men.I mentioned to McFadden that the taller woman looked familiar.
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By Capt. Bob Spore | July 5, 1992
Happy Fourth of July weekend, -- and if you are playing near the water, be extra careful.The National Marine Manufacturers Association says more Americans die in boating accidents on this holiday than on any other day of the year. According to annual statistics, 90 percent of this weekend's fatalities will be drownings. Do be careful, I need all the readers I can get.Summertime fishing is improving. Norfolk spot have invaded the Patuxent River. They are about 3 feet thick from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Officer's Club all the way to Benedict.
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By LONNY WEAVER | September 5, 1993
Some of the best saltwater fishing news of the year is that Spanish mackerel have invaded the Chesapeake again this year.These tasty, tough-hitting fish began turning up in the lower Bay areas about two weeks ago and the middle Bay a week later.At the last minute I had to cancel a lower Bay trip with Captain Eddie Davis a couple of weeks ago and missed out on some sizzling mackerel and bluefish action. I rescheduled for last Saturday and made up for lost time.Joining me aboard Davis' Edith Rose were Tommy Cordy, Dave Barnes, Jenny Greene and Erin Croke of Pasadena plus southern Carroll County anglers Timmy and Clarence Newberry.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1998
The early fishing seasons for rockfish closed Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, but fishermen who frequent the tidewater needn't pack it in until the fall season opens Aug. 15 because there still are excellent angling opportunities.Among the best fishing news for bay anglers is an influx of sea trout over the past several days, including large numbers over 20 inches in length."We had expected to see good numbers of weakfish [sea trout] to 20 inches this summer," said DNR Fisheries Service biologist Martin L. Gary.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | June 9, 1996
With the best Chesapeake Bay rockfish angling currently found south of the Patuxent River, a good alternative area for bridge, pier and surf fishermen and those with small boats is the Assateague shoreline and the back bays behind Ocean City.Fisheries biologists, tackle store owners and fishermen who have been there this spring are saying the fishing there is the best it has been in several years.With water conditions reported as very clear and much of the back-bay structure visible, casters and drift fishermen have been enjoying near-perfect conditions.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1998
The early fishing seasons for rockfish closed Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, but fishermen who frequent the tidewater needn't pack it in until the fall season opens Aug. 15 because there still are excellent angling opportunities.Among the best fishing news for bay anglers is an influx of sea trout over the past several days, including large numbers over 20 inches in length."We had expected to see good numbers of weakfish [sea trout] to 20 inches this summer," said DNR Fisheries Service biologist Martin L. Gary.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1998
For the most part, the first two weeks of May have been problematic for many Maryland anglers as persistent rains have resulted in river and stream flows being well above above normal. If there have been bright spots, they have been in the middle and lower Chesapeake Bay and the near-shore and inshore areas at Ocean City.On the bay, catches of rockfish, as well as croaker, flounder, white perch and occasional big bluefish, have been good in varying locations from the Bay Bridge to the Virginia line at Smith Point.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1998
If Horace Greeley were a rockfish fisherman this spring, his advice to Baltimore-Annapolis area anglers would be to "go south."The Department of Natural Resources, which monitors rockfish action through citations issued and catch reports from tackle shops and charter-boat centers, reports the early days of the season have been providing fabulous fishing."
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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 | May 1, 1997
For reservoir anglers, this is the time of spring when fishing at Prettyboy, Loch Raven, Liberty or Piney Run can be packed with action.Crappie are in the coves at Liberty, Piney Run and Loch Raven, and white perch action is picking up at Prettyboy as the fish prepare to spawn.Best crappie action is on fish holding in 12- to 20-foot depths, where small minnows will work well.In addition to panfish action, stripers up to 33 pounds have been taken at Liberty and a 16-pound-plus hybrid was taken at Prettyboy.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1996
Hurricane Bertha made a mess of fishing conditions along Maryland's Atlantic Coast last weekend, roiling the back bays and keeping the deep sea fishing boats at the docks.But as dozens of offshore fishermen make final preparations for the start of the O.C. Tuna Tournament, reports are that with Bertha's passing the waters over the canyons again are producing tuna.The word yesterday from the O.C. Fishing Center, where the tournament is headquartered, was that "everything has settled down nicely, and the few boats that have been out this week already are catching tuna again."
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By PETER BAKER | May 8, 1994
On opening day of the spring trophy season for rockfish in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay, John Sank, Gary Geisler and Mark Faust of Pasadena were trolling parachutes and sassy shads south of the bay bridge.Geisler caught a 48-inch striper weighing 40 pounds and Faust caught a 38-incher weighing 27 pounds. Among them they hooked and lost three other fish."We were one of only a few boats fishing the western shore side of the bridge," Sank said. "We went to the Eastern Shore first, but it was crowded and we went back across the channel.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | June 9, 1996
With the best Chesapeake Bay rockfish angling currently found south of the Patuxent River, a good alternative area for bridge, pier and surf fishermen and those with small boats is the Assateague shoreline and the back bays behind Ocean City.Fisheries biologists, tackle store owners and fishermen who have been there this spring are saying the fishing there is the best it has been in several years.With water conditions reported as very clear and much of the back-bay structure visible, casters and drift fishermen have been enjoying near-perfect conditions.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1996
Much of the attention of saltwater anglers in Maryland has been focused on Chesapeake Bay since the spring rockfish season opened April 26. But while fishermen have been trolling and chumming for one keeper a day from Brewerton Channel to the Virginia line, a relative few anglers have been hitting a bluefish blitz in the coastal back bays."
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