Maryland Angler's Log - Share Your Catch!
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There will be a 2013 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 Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 16
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Local Freshwater Action
Location: Local Ponds
Just thought to drop a line with a few pics from recent November catches to the 10th of the month. Pond action remains good, despite 48 to 50 degree water temperatures, as bass, Bluegills, catfish and Hybrid Sunfish are all co-operative. Worms on 1/64th oz. jigs for the panfish and Rat-L-Traps for the bass. The big Hybrid Sunfish took whole garden worms on a drop-shot rig in 8-10 feet of water. Bass to 21 inches, Bluegills to 10.5 inches, Pumpkinseeds to 10 inches, hybrids to 12 inches and channel cats to 30 inches…all released.
Photos show trophy hybrid sunfish at 1 lb 7.5 oz and 1 lb. 9.5 oz., a 10-inch pumpkinseed sunfish at 14.5 oz. and a 21 inch largemouth…outstanding fish for November!
Hanna Lewis, Youth Angler
- Churchville, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Nice Bass for this Girl
Location: Churchville Pond
Here is a photo of Hanna holding her 5 1/2 pound bass that she caught in a pond of Churchville Road this summer 2013. Hanna is 9 years old and lives in Churchville, Maryland. She and her Daddy regularly go fishing together and Hanna loves doing everything by herself. This coming summer she is going to learn to fly fish with her Daddy as well!
Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
- Total Reports: 6
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Family Fishing in November
Location: Private Pond in Huntingtown
Nathan went fishing on Sunday 11/10 at a local private pond in Huntingtown, MD. The temperature was very mild so we decided to target crappie by running a small tube behind a bobber. No luck, so Nathan switched to a bobber, small split shot, and night crawlers and caught a few Bluegills and sunfish. He worked on his casting and enjoyed the great mid November weather with his family fishing.
Christopher Phillips, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Darren Haitmanek, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 11
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Tautog Fishing in Ocean City
Location: Inlet in Ocean City
Saturday, November 9th, my brother Kevin Haitmanek and myself fished the inlet in Ocean City for Tautog. They were biting all day on green crabs along the rock walls, pilings, bulkheads with the ideal water depth around 25'. We ended the day with three legal sized fish at 16", 16.5", and 17" respectively. Lots of fish were released, and even more broke off.
Jurran Wilson, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Birthday Charter Was a Hit
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach
Myself and 13 friends chartered a boat out of Chesapeake Beach to celebrate our buddy's birthday on 11/02/13. Many on board had never been fishing at all, let alone on a professional charter. We headed out mid-day into nice warm weather expecting to catch a few rockfish and have a little fun relaxing over the course of 7 hours on the Bay.
Well we sure picked the right day to fish! About and hour and a half into the trip, as we headed into mid-bay we had not had a single bite. Quickly, the weather changed to a steady, cold drizzle and we snagged our first fish of the day, a healthy 22 incher. As the rain picked up the Captain led us to a spot away from the other charters. He had a good feeling on the spot and we trusted him. Man did he deliver! Within 4 hours we caught the state limit. One good sized rockfish after the other. On top of that, all of our fish were much bigger than expected, the smallest being 20" and the largest 34". The spot was so good we even had to throw a few big ones back since we came to our limit so quickly. Can't wait to get back out there!
I gotta say, it was a good day on the Bay!
Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
- Monkton, MD
- Total Reports: 8
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Ocean City Fishing
Location: Ocean City
I just got back from Ocean City fishing with my dad down at the inlet. It was a little windy but we caught a few sharks and a skate. Had a fun time fishing with my dad, can't wait to go fishing again.
Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
- Annadale, VA
- Total Reports: 8
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Northern Neck Reef
Location: Northenr Neck Reef
This report is for middle Bay fisherman who may want to drop down below the line to the Northern Neck Reef in Virginia. Due to a stress fracture, I went out on Wednesday 11/6 with extended family on a 21' recreational boat out of Great Wicomico River rather than single-hand out of Chesapeake Beach this go round of retiree fishing. There were fish working bait at the mouth of the river but no takers on jigs or trolled lures. It was bumpy with 10-15 from the NE, but the weather was moderating and the wind was shifting to the SE, so we motored over to the Northern Neck Reef. This reef has tetrahedrons, Reef Balls, and a large quantity of nested pipe, all of which I previously obtained from VA reef site data and marked on the Navionics community layer so that I could access this data on my Android smart phone as the boat doesn't have a GPS. I guided the boat operator over the reef to the east side of the nested pipe to anchor so that the current and the wind driven current would carry our chum back over the reef. There were 2 charter and 2 recreational boats doing the same thing, but there was enough room for all of us due to the reef configuration in relation to the prevailing current.This reef has one of the reef layouts that my reef field manager, the late Tom Humbles, and I (while I was MD Bay reef manager some 15 years ago) checked out with the VMRC reef manager and then used as a conceptual model in consultation with Maryland DNR and MD Charter Boat Association captains to guide and improve placement of reef materials in the Maryland Bay artificial reefs to optimize their biological and fishing potential relative to predominant current flows using main and satellite reefs and crosscurrent layouts. The improvement of the Maryland Bay reefs continues under MARI, which will miss the great service that Tom provided the program through his work with the Maryland Environmental Service.
The 11/6 bite started slow on cut menhaden strips in chum (pulsed rather than streamed) but picked up as the flood current increased, and we began to pick up undersized schoolies, with a couple of keepers in the 18-19" range. Around noon, a school of somewhat larger fish moved in. We continued to catch undersized schoolies, and caught 2 more keepers, a 20" and 23". A school settled under the boat and we caught more smallies and 1 keeper. Mid-afternoon, the school chased a bait ball to the surface and I picked up a 19" striper on a small olive and yellow jig.
Total for the day - 30 stripers caught; 2 released with 6 keepers. The same boat and setup the week before had 60 caught with 4 keepers, and went out again Saturday 11/9 after a hard blow overnight with 3 released and 1 24" keeper. With the drop in temperature, fishing may be more challenging, but there have been a lot of fish in the area.
Cory Felix, Recreational Angler
- Rockville, MD
- Total Reports: 1
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Rockfish on the Bay
Region: Mid Bay
Went out Saturday morning 11/9/20136 trolling the channel in the middle bay. Had calm winds early, caught this one within an hour after dropping the lines. It was 32". Continued trolling south with no luck. Returned hours later for a 23" bonus in the same general area. Continued north and the winds picked up. Great day on the water.
Don Goff, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 18
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