Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.
A new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.
Jim Curtis, Recreational Angler
- Hampstead, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Mike Bonicker, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Crab Report with Oddities
Region: Mid Bay
Location: South of Kent Island
This is my first post but I had a couple strange catches while crabbing this past Saturday that I wanted to report. My father-in-law and I crabbed south of Kent Island from 6:30 until 11:30 and managed a full bushel of 70 crabs. Nothing huge but half were 6 to 7 inches and the other half were 5 1/4 to 6. The strange catches were 2 horseshoe crabs and an18" striped remora (unfortunately I didn't get a picture. We use mostly 30" hoop traps and it got stuck in the netting) I guess that the horseshoe crabs could indicate the salinity is up in that area (along with LOTS of jellyfish). I know remoras usually hang with large sharks and other such creatures so I was really surprised to see that one without thinking that maybe a large shark could have been in the area.
DNR Response: Small Remora are an uncommon visitor to the Chesapeake Bay and can swim freely or even hitch a ride on a sea turtle and of course sharks. Small Cobia are also found in the bay this time of the year and look very similar except they lack the suction disk on the top of their head. Salinities in the mid bay area right now are about 11.5 ppt on the surface and 19 ppt on the bottom which is about normal for this time of the year. Horseshoe Crabs are not uncommon in the bay up to the Bay Bridge.
James Berry, Recreational Angler
- Chesapeake Beach, Md
- Total Reports: 34
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Hunting For Blue Cats
Location: Potomac River
I have been out looking for snakehead fish on the Potomac with my bow at night and have not seen very many. I have seen some large blue cats and changed over to hunting them. We were able to shoot all we wanted once we found where they were. These were taken on 8-25-14. Some over 50 lbs.
Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
- Bethesda, MD
- Total Reports: 13
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Location: Gravelly Point
I generally have a plan when I go fishing. Today, the plan was to fish for bass along the grass edge in Washington Channel during low tide. The fish were cooperating. Using a Lucky Craft Pointer SP 78 jerkbait, I caught Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Striped bass -- mostly small, but one Largemouth was probably 2 lbs or better. What I didn't expect was to catch a white perch. I wasn't planning to fish for blue cats, but since I had some bait, I decided to give it a shot.
I anchored in the channel just upstream from Alexandria, near the "Danger" marker. I cut up the perch and put it on an 8/0 circle hook with a 2 oz sinker. Within 5 minutes, I had a fish on that was 60+ lbs. I fought it for about 20 minutes and just as I was grabbing it with my lip grip, it made one last shake and broke the line. I was using 30# shock leader, so it takes a pretty big fish to break the line. I fished for another hour or so and caught two more catfish, probably around 10 lbs or so and was almost ready to pack up when another big blue took the bait. After another 20 minute battle, I landed this one. I'm guessing it was probably 45-50 lbs.
It was another great day to be on the water. Driving back to the dock during sunset is one of the most pleasant experiences in the world. I don't think I will ever get tired of it. The river gets calm and the air is cool. The sky turns red and you can see the Capital and the Washington Monument in the distance. It is a great way to end the day. If there is a heaven, I hope it looks just like that so that I can savor every moment for eternity.
Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 33
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Evening Bass Blitz
Location: Local Pond
We fished a new pond the evening of August 25th and caught some impressive largemouths on 1/4 ounce spinnerbaits and Stank X Stix stickworms in and around heavy shoreline cover. Our larger fish ranged from 3.5 to almost 6 pounds. Wacky-rigged worms seemed to be the best and the battles were toe-to-toe with the use of 20 pound Gamma Braid enabling us to gain control on the larger fish when they were hooked on a very short length of line in the jungle.
With our cool summer and surface water temperature remaining in the mid 70's in some smaller lakes, bass won't always retreat to deeper areas, especially if there is abundant fallen wood and brush or overhanging shade available. This weeks brief heat surge may alter that a bit for the coming week, but many of our better fish have been very shallow this summer.
David Brown, Recreational Angler
- Bel Air
- Total Reports: 3
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Catfish Hitting at Conowingo
Region: North Eastern
Location: Conowingo Dam
I caught this big flathead along with many, many, many channel cats in one spot where they seem to hold at using white perch soaked in chicken liver blood as well as chicken livers. After they open the gates and started releasing water we called it a day. A great day out on the water and making new friends!
Ryan Altenburg, Recreational Angler
- Elkridge, MD
- Total Reports: 4
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Location: Patapsco River
I caught two of what I believe are my first ever White Catfish along with a Channel Catfish and striper on the Patapsco today. Could you positively ID the 18" catfish as a white catfish? I'm certain the 20" catfish is a channel catfish.
DNR Response: Yes, the 18" is a White Catfish and the 20" is a Channel Catfish.
David A. Gaestel, Recreational Angler
- Port Republic, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Mud and Catfish
Location: Battle Creek
Last weekend, my daughter Kali and I rowed to the top of Battle Creek near Cypress Swamp in Calvert County. She caught this beautiful catfish on a fishing pole that I made. As you can see, bouts of boredom were broken up by playing in the mud and eventually by this catfish!
Jeff Church, Recreational Angler
- Ellicott City
- Total Reports: 1
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Justin Johnson, Youth Angler
- Elkridge, MD
- Total Reports: 8
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