If you submitted a photo and don't see your picture in the regular report please look in the photo gallery that we run this time year. Click here for this week's gallery (11 photos).
As Thanksgiving approaches there is not one of us who doesn’t have a lot to be thankful for. For most it is the special bond that is often reaffirmed when families get together and one generation bathes in joy of watching another generation being introduced to those outdoor activities that are so much of the fabric of our lives. An image struck me today as I watched a close friend who is a happy grandmother proudly watching her son introduce her 3-year old grandson to the wonders of a goose pit on the family farm; where the family will continue the tradition of hunting geese on Thanksgiving morning together.
In a very big way many fishermen who wanted to get in on the excellent fishing on the Chesapeake Bay this past weekend were thankful when they finally got a break from persistently fierce winds this past Sunday. Many found themselves surprised when they arrived at boat ramps and marinas to see that their fishing peers all had the same idea. Many reported that they had not seen lines at the boat ramps like this since opening day of the Spring Trophy Rockfish Season. It was for a good reason; the present fishing this week for large fall migrant striped bass rivals the best fishing fishermen saw this past spring. (Be sure to check the photo gallery this week) Many boats were back at the dock in an hour or so with limits of large striped bass that were also complimented with striped bass less than 28”. Ned Hammond of Edgewater fished with friends on a local charter boat this past Saturday near Calvert Cliffs on the lee side of the bay when the bay was a bit rougher. It was a good choice to have a warm cabin to retreat to, plenty of hull underneath them and the expert knowledge of a professional captain to put them on striped bass such as this 47-1/2” whopper held up by Ned.
There is no reason why this excellent fishing should not extend through this week and into December. Trolling a mixed spread of parachutes and bucktails in tandem or behind daisy chains and umbrella rigs either on flat lines or off planer boards will very popular. Light tackle jigging to breaking fish or schools of fish holding deep will also be a good option this week. Another option for fishermen is the large schools of white perch that are schooling up in the deeper areas of the tidal rivers and bay waters.
Freshwater fishermen are fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass that are holding deep in many areas and trout fishing continues to be good in many of the states popular trout waters this week. Fishermen in the Deep Creek Lake area are anxiously watching the first signs of ice forming in protected coves but many continue to enjoy fishing soft water for walleyes in the lake. Walleye are providing good fishing in the upper Potomac and lower Susquehanna River also. This fine looking walleye was caught by the underwater camera of Michael Eversmier in the lower Susquehanna River.
Fishermen in the Ocean City area are finding good fishing for tautog at the wreck sites and artificial reef sites this week. Fishermen are also catching large bluefish and striped bass by trolling off the beaches at popular shoal areas. Inside the inlet fishermen are catching tautog and striped bass. Surf fishermen are catching a mix of large bluefish and striped bass such as this nice one held by David Yost.
Quote of the Week:
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~ Thornton Wilder
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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:
Weight/length of catch
If anyone in your picture is under 18
years of age, we must have a
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