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By CANDUS THOMSON | October 1, 2006
Here we go again. The folks who do the counting have told Marylanders who do the fishing that they've taken too many striped bass out of the Chesapeake Bay. Way too many. Later this month, state officials are going to have to submit to the spanking machine - a meeting of regulators in North Carolina - and accept punishment for having too much fun during the so-called spring trophy season. How sad that the dirty deed will go down in North Carolina, where winter anglers never met a striped bass they wouldn't reel in. The only thing worse would have been a meeting in Virginia, where the boats are so thick around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in winter that they should have a traffic cop. The best guess is that the minimum will get goosed again - probably another 5 inches or so, to at least 38 inches.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2013
A preliminary report on the deaths of two anglers on the opening day of the Chesapeake Bay rockfish season says all six persons aboard the boat that capsized off Point Lookout had life vests, but not all wore them, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. David Fletcher, 43, and David Chase, 55, both of Lexington Park in Southern Maryland, died Saturday morning when a friend's fishing boat took on water and capsized. Four persons, including the owner-operator of the boat, were rescued.
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By Capt. Bob Spore | March 29, 1991
The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee conducted a hearing Monday as the last stop for the emergency regulation authorizing the trophy striped bass season proposed for May 11-27.The AELR Committee, a standing committee composed of nine members of the Maryland Senate and nine members of the House of Delegates, must approve or disapprove emergency regulations submitted for approval.About 40 charter boat captains and watermen lined up with the Department of Natural Resources for the regulation.
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By PETER BAKER | June 21, 1992
Two weeks ago, The Sun published a brief question box on possible changes to Maryland's seasons for rockfish. Readers were asked to indicate a preference among three combinations of spring and fall seasons, state what kind of angler they are and invited to enclose additional comments.The 110 acceptable responses showed a preference for a spring trophy season, a limited June season and an October season for charter boats and private fishermen. This scenario, which was the second of three listed in the question box, drew 69 responses.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | May 2, 1993
Maryland's spring trophy season for rockfish opened yesterday on the Chesapeake Bay from the bay bridges south with perfect weather conditions and perhaps the best fishing coming in the Chesapeake Beach and Solomons areas.Calls to a handful of checking stations last evening seemed to indicate that fishing at the bay bridges was slower than last year and at the mouth of the Potomac the water still was colder than normal for this time of year.One angler fishing out of Chesapeake Beach checked in a 53-inch, 50-pound striper at Tyler's Tackle, said Mary Tyler.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | May 15, 2005
WHENEVER pro athletes mouth the clichM-i, "It's not about the money," we chuckle and think to ourselves, "Great, let's switch paychecks." But for recreational fishermen, it's never about the green, except for those ugly moments when it's time to fill the tank on the Grady White, pay a launch fee or shell out for some new gottahaveitnow lightweight tackle. So it makes your ears perk up when the folks in Annapolis and a locally based marine company say they're putting on a million-dollar fishing tournament.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
Department of Natural Resources officials said yesterday that they propose to expand the recreational and charter-boat fishing season on Chesapeake Bay waters for rockfish to include June and September this year.While the proposals still must get final approval from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, DNR officials said the expansion of rockfish seasons in the state are within ASMFC guidelines.Rockfish (striped bass) reached recovered status as of Jan. 1 -- 10 years after a five-year moratorium on fishing was declared in Maryland waters.
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By Bill Burton | October 4, 1991
Maryland's second fall rockfish season opens Wednesday, but already many are looking ahead to the spring season. Some don't like what they see.In many ways the fall season stacks up much better than that of last year, but liberalization of the spring trophy season might not be in the cards in '92. And it's in the spring that we can keep the big rock, the legitimate trophies.We'll cover the fall season in detail, with suggestions for catching Tuesday; today, let's look ahead to next spring, which suddenly comes under question following a thumbs down by the Technical Committee of Atlantic Coast Marine Fisheries Commission, which incidentally meets in Baltimore next week.
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By Bill Tanton | June 19, 1991
If you are a rock fisherman, mark Oct. 9 down in the little black book. That's when the fall rockfish season probably will start.And, there's more good news. The season probably will be considerably longer, quite possibly continue through its proposed Oct. 26 close in contrast to an early shutdown after 10 days of recreational fishing last fall.And, even more good news. There is a chance that next spring's trophy fish season might include a reduction in the minimum length. Nothing definite on that at this point, but it is being considered.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | October 1, 2006
Here we go again. The folks who do the counting have told Marylanders who do the fishing that they've taken too many striped bass out of the Chesapeake Bay. Way too many. Later this month, state officials are going to have to submit to the spanking machine - a meeting of regulators in North Carolina - and accept punishment for having too much fun during the so-called spring trophy season. How sad that the dirty deed will go down in North Carolina, where winter anglers never met a striped bass they wouldn't reel in. The only thing worse would have been a meeting in Virginia, where the boats are so thick around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in winter that they should have a traffic cop. The best guess is that the minimum will get goosed again - probably another 5 inches or so, to at least 38 inches.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | May 15, 2005
WHENEVER pro athletes mouth the clichM-i, "It's not about the money," we chuckle and think to ourselves, "Great, let's switch paychecks." But for recreational fishermen, it's never about the green, except for those ugly moments when it's time to fill the tank on the Grady White, pay a launch fee or shell out for some new gottahaveitnow lightweight tackle. So it makes your ears perk up when the folks in Annapolis and a locally based marine company say they're putting on a million-dollar fishing tournament.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2004
Long before dawn yesterday, thousands of folks were filling coolers with ice, searching for a lucky hat and envisioning dinner on the grill. After the coldest winter in memory and endless days of rain, the promise of a brilliant spring day on the water proved an irresistible tonic. And it came with a chaser. Yesterday was the opening of the spring striped bass season. When the bright orange sun popped up between the Chesapeake Bay and low-slung clouds about 6:30, it illuminated hundreds of boats, all on a quest for the same thing: silver-sided monsters with black racing stripes.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | April 11, 2004
Gobblers or stripers? The seasons for Maryland's spring surf-and-turf combo get cranked up over the next week, and not a moment too soon. Things have been just a little too tense around Casa Thomson, if you know what I mean. When Isabel shut down the electricity to the old Frigidaire for four days last fall, we had to toss out a lot of frozen striper filets. That made for mighty slim pickings over the winter, when the grill was willing but the icebox was not. On Saturday, we'll start reeling in the first stripers of the trophy season, an opening day when there are so many boats out on the bay that you'd swear you could walk from deck to deck without getting your feet wet. The minimum is 28 inches, one fish per day. Please use offset circle hooks to help throw-backs live to be big fish.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | July 13, 2003
How healthy is the rockfish population? Healthy enough that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has given permission to expand the Chesapeake Bay fishing zone during the two weeks after spring trophy season. During May 16-31, anglers will be able to fish five miles upstream from the mouths of the Choptank, Chester and Patuxent rivers. Previously, the line was drawn across the mouths of those tributaries. The commission also moved the boundary in the main stem of the upper bay north to five miles above Brewerton Channel.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1995
One of the rites of late winter and early spring for many `D Maryland fishermen is the stocking of hatchery trout in lakes, polds, creeks and rivers. This year, nearly 350,000 trout will be stocked between now and the second week of May.The state Department of Natural Resources, whose Freshwater Fisheries Division stocks the trout, has released a stocking schedule that includes times of closure after stocking to allow the fish to acclimate and disperse before...
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By Capt. Bob Spore | June 2, 1991
Thanks to the Department of Natural Resources, the spring trophy striped bass or rockfish is all but a memory.To understand where we are, you must understand the outside forces working against those whowant to catch rockfish. Actually, a large contingent of people know in their heart that it is wrong to catch rockfish. They have little experience on the Chesapeake and seldom catch fish of any type, but they just knew that a spring season would kill thousands of spawning rockfish.These people are sincere in their beliefs; many telephone or write the DNR to express their views.
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By PETER BAKER | May 12, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- "What do you mean it's too small to keep?" Cathy Downey said as the rockfish was netted, unhooked and released in apparent good health. "That's the biggest fish I ever have caught and it's not big enough to keep?"Sorry, ma'am, but that is what this fishery is all about.During the fall season, when the minimum length is 18 inches, the striper would have been a fine catch. But in the spring trophy rockfish season that opened yesterday, 30 inches and perhaps 17 pounds was a half-foot too short.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
Department of Natural Resources officials said yesterday that they propose to expand the recreational and charter-boat fishing season on Chesapeake Bay waters for rockfish to include June and September this year.While the proposals still must get final approval from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, DNR officials said the expansion of rockfish seasons in the state are within ASMFC guidelines.Rockfish (striped bass) reached recovered status as of Jan. 1 -- 10 years after a five-year moratorium on fishing was declared in Maryland waters.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Staff Writer | May 1, 1994
The Maryland spring trophy season for rockfish opens today at 5 a.m with a 34-inch minimum size limit in waters of the Chesapeake Bay main stem from the north span of the Bay Bridge south and Tangier and Pocomoke sounds. All rivers and tributaries are closed for stripers during the spring trophyseason, which runs through May 31.Fishing hours are 5 a.m. through 8 p.m., and possession of stripers while fishing or on the water is illegal from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.Anglers must buy a $2 permit in addition to all applicable licenses before going out for rockfish, and catches must be tagged and logged in by telephone.
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