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.
Josiah Hawkins, Youth Angler
- Baltimore, MD
- Total Reports: 3
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3 Year Old Born to Fish
Location: Patterson Park
Josiah caught this Largemouth Bass at Patterson Park boat pond in 2013 fishing with his dad. He received his first fish award from DNR , the bass was 15. 5 inches, he is a natural fishermen!
Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
- St. Leonard, MD
- Total Reports: 6
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Fishing at Cedar Point
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Cedar Point, Chesapeake Bay
We went trolling Saturday morning around 7:30am.Wind was calm and the temperature was warm for November. The only down side was the tide had slacked off. We set the lines in 35 ft. of water in front of LNG and trolled in a northeast direction zig zagging between 35 and 45ft of water. We had a five rod spread using spoons, bucktails, and umbrellas. The hot bait all morning was an umbrella rig with white teaser shads and gummies as the trailer. The rockfish were hitting it well. In some cases we caught double headers. All unders were sent back to the water quickly. It caught most of the fish and was set down deep in the water column.
We headed south again and we had all rods hit at one time but no fish hooked up except on the rod with the spoon. We knew instantly we had to check our lines and baits for bite offs. We thought most of the blues had left for the season but unfortunately we guessed wrong. Everything but the spoons were gone as we apparently went through a big school of blues just before getting to Cedar Point. Nathan still can't get over the fact a fish bit off all the shads' tails. We rigged everything up again before arriving at the Point. We could see several boats making tight turns south of the point so we headed in the direction to get in line with the other boats. As we arrived we saw what every fisherman likes to see, diving birds and breaking fish. We made a couple of passes with the other boats and caught what we needed and left with the fish still breaking the surface. All in all it was a great morning of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Carson Mayer, Recreational Angler
- Elkton, MD
- Total Reports: 2
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Big Elk Browns
Location: Big Elk Creek
I landed these two nice Brown Trouts this week on the Big Elk during my third outing since the fall stocking. I also managed to pull in two smaller rainbows to add to the mix. The fish were very active at 1pm on a beautiful fall day hitting the mid 60's. Thanks to the DNR for a nice fall stocking!
Courtney Robertson, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach
We went out of Chesapeake Beach on 11/02 with 14 (+2boat) for an afternoon of fishing. We caught our limit within 4 hours and returned early. All fish were at least 20' with largest being 34 inches.
Capt David Street, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 8
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Limited in Half an Hour
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Capt. David Street of the Chesapeake Chief went out Tuesday morning and got lucky when we trolled through an active school of rock. All four rods went down. Got our limit with fish to 26.5". On more pass we did it again. The fish then turned off. Putted around for awhile - then back to the dock by 10:30. 10 fish in a half hour of action. All lures worked when they are that hungry. Little rough out there early.
Smiley Hsu, Recreational Angler
- Bethesda, MD
- Total Reports: 5
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Looking for Giant Cats
Location: Potomac River
I decided to break out the saltwater gear and go for something really big. I have heard of giant catfish in the Tidal Potomac, but have never caught one. Apparently, big blue cats like to eat Bluegill, so I spent the better part of 3 hours trying to catch bait. I must not be a very good Bluegill fisherman because I only managed to catch one Bluegill in 3 hours. It was gut hooked, so it died almost immediately -- so much for fishing with live bait.
To make the best of a bad situation, I decided to cut the Bluegill into 3 pieces and fish with an 8/0 circle hook with 2 oz sinker. Surprisingly, it was much easier to catch fish than bait. I managed to catch 8 catfish, most of them over 24" and one 23" rockfish in about 2 hours. I didn't get the monster cat I was after, but managed to catch one that was pushing 3 feet long. I had a much bigger one on, but it pulled the hook. I'll get him next time.
Jacob Ehm, Youth Angler
- Monkton, MD
- Total Reports: 8
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Richard Gunion, Recreational Angler
- Washington, D.C.
- Total Reports: 38
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Sore Arms Sea Bass Fishing
Location: Ocean City
I heard about the good sea bass fishing off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland and decided to give it a try. I boarded the Morning Star headboat and after a 2 and 1/2 hour ride we arrived at our fishing spot. The swell going out was a little rough but nobody got seasick. At first the bite was slow but I caught a 12" Bluefish and then had a steady bite of Black Sea Bass. These were a better grade of fish around 13" to 16" long. The Captain moved about 1/4 mile and we continued to catch fish. I had a tough rod bender sea bass on that maybe weighed around 2 and 1/2 to 3 lbs. It was the pool winner by the end of the trip. My arms were sore reeling in about 50 sea bass of which 20 were kept to make my limit. This was one of the best trips of the year for me. I hope the good fishing will continue through December. After December it will be tog fishing for those ambitious enough to brave the cold weather. Tight lines all.
Bobby Davis, Recreational Angler
- Total Reports: 1
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Just hanging out with a few buddies and we heard the bell go off on the rod, we look over and the rod is bent in half. I ran over as the rod was see-sawing on the pillion about to go into the water, set the hook and started to reel him in, realizing I had a monster. He took about 5-7 minutes to bring in.
Rachel Ehm, Youth Angler
- Monkton, MD
- Total Reports: 6
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Fishing After School
Location: Friends Pond
We went fishing last week right after school, it was a nice day. It is getting hard to go fishing now with all my soccer and practices! But we fish for about 2 hours and caught 4 Largemouth Bass and a few Bluegills, I hope to go back again this week. I love to fish!!