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Latest Update: December 3, 2008

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Many fishermen took advantage of good weather and a day off to do some fishing this past Friday and for many it paid off in good time spent with family and friends and some exciting fishing. Fishermen in the Middle andStriped Bass lower Chesapeake Bay regions continue to enjoy some of the best fishing for large fall migrant striped bass that anyone can ever recall. Many boats and especially those leaving from ports close to the action on the western shore reported limit catches within an hour of leaving the dock. Boat ramps and marinas were busy on the days with favorable weather and many fishermen went home with huge smiles on their faces and large fish. Ned Hammond sent in this picture of two very happy boys with a big fish and the following story. We had plenty to give thanks for this week with lots of nice weather and free time to fish with friends and family. In the attached photo, the angler (on the right) is my son Damian and heís holding the fish with the help of his cousin Jeremy Wilson. This fish was approximately 45 inches and we caught it on a chartreuse tandem rig near Buoy 82 on Friday. Being Damianís first ever striper, I think heís hooked for life?.

Freshwater fishermen found a few species of fish that like the colder water temperatures activeStriped Bass this week. Walleye fishing continues to be good in Deep Creek Lake, the upper Potomac and the lower Susquehanna River. Species such as largemouth bass are hunkered down in deep water areas now but can be enticed to pick up a slow moving bait if it is under their nose. Chain pickerel and yellow perch are active in Deep Creek Lake and a number of the tidal rivers that feed into the Chesapeake.

Fishermen in the Ocean City area should see fishing for striped bass and large bluefish improve this week in the areas along the beaches. There are large numbers of these fish just off the beaches so there is a very good chance they will drift into casting distance from the beaches at any time. Scott White caught thisAritificial Reef Building with Old Subway Cars nice striped bass off the beach at Assateague recently on a piece of cut menhaden.

Fishermen saw a big addition to their wreck fishing prospects last week when 40 New York City subway cars were placed along a three mile line about 10-miles southeast of the Ocean City Inlet. The project is funded by donations from fishermen such as several of these subway cars that were funded in memory of Kevin Rosemaryís brother Danny who was an ardent fisherman.

Quote of the Week:

I still donít know why I fish or why other men fish, except that we like it and it makes us think and feel.

Roderick L. Haig-Brown

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A Couple of Closing Notes...

Don't hesitate to e-mail your recent fishing/crabbing photos and trip information. Send your photos via E-mail by the following Monday in order to be included in the next update. The file should be in .jpg format with the longest side sized at 600 pixels. Please try to keep the file size small, under one megabyte. The photo should clearly depict the angler(s), fish, and ethical handling practices. For information on ethical angling practices please reference the Catch and Release information located at URL:
Include the following information:

  • Date
  • Angler(s)
  • Hometown(s)
  • Photo credit
  • Location

  • Weight/length of catch

  • Bait/lure

Important Note: If anyone in your picture is under 18 years of age, we must have a photo release signed by that person and a parent/guardian before we can post your picture. By sending any photos or art to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources you are giving DNR permission to use the image(s) online and in print. You are also giving DNR permission to distribute the photo for non-commercial purposes to other media, print, digital and television for their use. You are not giving up your copyright, but are allowing the photo(s) to be used for educational and news purposes.

Send your photos and information to Keith Lockwood

Until next week,

Tight Lines,

Keith Lockwood
MD DNR Fisheries Service

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