2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge
Designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire environmental stewardship, the 2009 Maryland Fishing Challenge began Friday, May 29th and runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2009. Any angler who catches a citation-qualifying fish will be eligible to win one of the official sponsor grand prizes including a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and thousands of dollars in merchandise and fishing trips from Bill's Outdoor Center.
From June through August specially tagged striped bass will be released each month at locations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. One of the striped bass will be Diamond Jim, a fish worth at least $10,000 cash if caught by midnight on August 31, 2009. The other tagged striped bass, Diamond Jim imposters, will be worth $500 each if caught at any time during the contest.
Here is the link to the Fishing Challenge website; a world of information there. www.dnr.state.md.us/fishingchallenge/
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy, fish are jumpin’ and the cotton if high”. Those lyrics have been sung by a lot of singers from Billie Holiday to Sublime and tend to feel right at home this time of the year. Although we are not noted for cotton in these parts the corn sure is high from all the rain we received in June and the hot July weather and yes the fish are a jumpin’. Water melons are ripe, it’s time for hot steamed crabs, fish on the grill, cold beer, family, good friends and oh yes did we mention the fish are jumpin’.
Chesapeake Bay fishermen are finding plenty of breaking fish (jumpin’) throughout all three regions of the bay this week. Bluefish have muscled their way into every region of the bay and tend to set the pace for some exciting fishing when mixed in with striped bass and Spanish mackerel. Be sure to check out the middle bay region report to read how to put some of this bluefish bounty to good use.
A mix of striped bass and bluefish are being caught by fishermen live lining spot, chumming, trolling or casting and jigging. Spanish mackerel are showing up in increasing numbers every day. Kyle Klotz gets some assistance from freshwater fisheries chief Don Cosden with a striped bass he caught while trolling. The fish was outfitted with a Diamond Jim tag for the August round of the search for Diamond Jim which may result in a big check for some lucky fisherman.
Bottom fishing for spot, croakers, flounder as well as white perch continues to be very good this week in most regions of the bay. The flounder fishing has really been top notch recently in the middle and lower regions of the bay.
Freshwater fishermen in the western region received a big gift in the form of a large batch of 4-pound rainbow trout being stocked recently; be sure to check the western region report for locations and numbers.
Finally Ocean City fishermen are enjoying good fishing for a variety of summer species in the region. The White Marlin Open kicked off this past Sunday with 298 boats entered and the white marlin leader so far is a 93.5 lb beauty.
Quote of the Week:
A thing is right when it preserves the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. - Aldo Leopold 1949
Click here for information concerning harmful algae blooms
Click here to view recent bay satellite images at mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/NASAimagery/EyesInTheSky.cfm.
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:
Weight/length of catch
If anyone in your picture is under 18
years of age, we must have a
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.
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Until next week,
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