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.
Nicholas Pirchio, Youth Angler
- Owings, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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Nice Rockfish for This Kid
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Out of Chesapeake Beach
Ten year old Nicholas Pirchio, of Owings, MD, and his dad were trolling the morning of Sunday, May 10th out of Chesapeake Beach in very foggy conditions. This thick, 35 inch rockfish took a chartreuse umbrella in 34 feet of water and made for a memorable ten minute fight.
Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 52
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The Running of the Bulls
Location: Local Pond
Giant, bull male bluegills are invading the shallows of many Maryland lakes and ponds for an early spawn this year. I saw actively bedding fish on May 4th...about three weeks ahead of schedule for normal spawning activity in central Maryland. As crappies transition to a post-spawn stage we are now targeting primo-sized gills with 1/80th oz jigs tipped with a variety of baits.
Please be sure to release the largest males to protect nest guarding and for continued quality panfishing in your favorite lakes and ponds. We will be conducting two panfishing seminars at Bass Pro Shops at Arrundel Mills Mall on Saturday May 23, 2015 at 11 am and 3 pm. Feel free to join my son Matt and I as we talk big bluegills and how to catch them and the need for catch and release ethics on these trophy specimens.
Here are a few of this weeks top gills…
David Drutz, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 8
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Trophy Rockfish Season
Region: Upper Bay
Location: Bay Bridge
Rough start to the season. Had a glitch in the engine. But thanks to Steve Snyder, my boat Doctor, he got us back up and running. My first day out this season, Thursday May 7th, was beautiful and flat calm. We started fishing early afternoon between the Bay Bridge and the LP buoy. Fished about two hours not even a knock down. Saw fish on the fish finder but none of them wanted to grab my worm. Was only running eight lines on my out riggers, 6 tandems and 2 umbrella rigs off the back of the boat. Two umbrellas were running deep. My farthest line was 175 feet. All of a sudden my longest line went down, the fight began! Ten minutes later we pulled in this beautiful 41 1/2' rock fish weighing approximately 26 pounds.
Trip two of the season, Saturday May 9th. Started out late morning. We went to the sames spot, tide was going out. Started trolling going north of the Bay Bridge toward the LP buoy and Love Point. A ton of boats out there running their plainer boards with 15 to 20 rods a piece hanging off their boards. I still kept my eight lines out. After trolling about 25 minutes, I start getting reports from my buddies down south that nothing is biting. All of a sudden, my short line hit on a white umbrella rig right behind the boat. Brought in a 39" rockfish, got a great picture and threw it back. I turned the boat around, went through the bridge heading south no more than 200 yards south of the bridge hit another on a tandem rig chartreuse. Brought this 34" rockfish in and put it in the box. Turned the boat around again and started heading north. Went through the bridge and about 100 yards north of the bridge we caught our 3rd fish of the day. 35" on a white tandem 125 feet off the back of the boat. Was a great day!
Kenny Day, Recreational Angler
- Joppa, MD
- Total Reports: 5
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Blackwater Snakeheads and More
My wife Sharon and I launched our canoe at the access area on 335 around 9:00 am, targeting largemouth bass but happy to catch anything with a mouth. Fishing started slow and took nearly 3 hours before Sharon caught the first bass, which was a 14" spawned out female. The next several hours produced about 6 small white perch up to about 5" and one white catfish that was about 14". We steadily headed up river with the footbridge being our point to turn around, upon reaching the bridge we decided to get out and stretch our legs and fish a little more.
Within minutes of being on the bridge I watched a small fish eat something from the surface and immediately recognized the fish as a snakehead. A few casts later I had hooked my first snakehead on a small spinner bait. The fish hit like a truck and jumped completely out of the water, the fish was easily 30 inches long but it did shake off a few seconds later. No problem though a few casts later and I was hooked up again, this time I successfully landed it, my first snakehead, 20 inches and really fat so I suspected a female. A spike through the spine and on the stringer, a welcome guest of honor for a fish fry. We fished the bridge for about an hour and a half and I landed 3 snakeheads measuring 20", 16" and 15". My wife caught one that I could not get up on the bridge before it shook off. We had four other snakeheads hooked that we could clearly identify, 2 of which were around 30 inch fish. All 3 fish that were landed were removed and in our freezer, all 3 were females full of eggs.
Ross Damman, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Catch and Release Rainbow
Location: Big Gunpowder Falls
Caught and released this nice little rainbow with a gold blade spinner Sunday morning. It was beautiful morning for fishing. I have the itch to find more holes where these guys are hanging out.
Keith Lefler, Recreational Angler
- Sharpsburg, MD
- Total Reports: 5
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Troy Danner, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Jeremy Birmingham, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Award Winners, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 21
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More Big Bay Rockfish
Congratulations to these anglers who are now entered into the Maryland Fishing Challenge for their award size catches:
- Bryan Jones caught and released this 41.5 inch striped bass at Point Lookout on 5/4/2015.
- Noradel Barcelo caught this 40.5 inch striped bass on 5/8/2015 near Kent Island.
- Zachary Simms caught this 41 inch striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay on 5/9/2015.
Robert Hildebrand, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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