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Latest Update: December 10, 2008

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No one has to be told that it has been cold out lately; especiallyStriped Bass those who have been getting up early to go fishing, deer hunting or unfortunately going to work. Quite often we hear jokes about “You know its cold when...” but for many fishermen trying to launch boats to head out to troll the Chesapeake for large striped bass; they knew it was cold when the telltale on their outboard was frozen or the bilge plug was frozen. Dripping water from boat trailers onto boat ramps did not do much for traction when it froze either. Many fishermen have been enduring the cold whether it is frozen fishing rod guides in western Maryland or biting winds on the Chesapeake. Brian Pries launched his 20” center console at the Sandy Point ramp and went fishing by himself on Saturday. He stands in this picture with a 54-pound striped bass that he caught on a parachute while trolling just south of the Bay Bridge.

Striped BassIt was another very good week for fishermen looking to catch a trophy sized striped bass out in the middle or lower bay regions of Maryland. The morning bite has been very reliable and should continue this week. The warmer weather that has moved into the region will make fishing a much more comfortable this week. Fishermen are reporting that large bucktails, parachutes and spoons have been accounting for most of the fish being caught; morning and the change of the tide have been the best times to fish. John Parks left the boat ramp at Solomons with his friends to troll Saturday morning and they caught a number of large fish including this one held up by John.

Many of the freshwater streams and lakes are experiencing icing conditions but warmer weather should open many areas up and the warmer weather will certainly make fishing more comfortable. Walleye fishing has been getting most of the attention from fishermen this week in the lower Susquehanna River and the upper Potomac River.

Fishermen in the Ocean City area are looking forward to better fishing this week for a mix of large striped bass and bluefish along the beaches for surf fishermen and for those fishermen trolling within three miles of the beaches.

Quote of the Week:

The captain had been telling how, in one of his Arctic voyages, it was so cold that the mate’s shadow froze fast to the deck and had to be ripped loose by main strength. And even then he got only about two-thirds of it back.

Mark Twain

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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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