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Movable rockfish still provide feast Start of fall season yields new haunts


Since the end of the spring trophy season, we had taken care to avoid fishing a 15-foot hump off Tolly Point, which had been loaded with rockfish all summer. So it only figured that on Thursday, opening day of the fall rockfish season, the first place we hit should be that very same hump.

Maybe 30 minutes in all, and there would be rockfish for thtable Thursday night.

There was, however, a complication -- the rockfish were nlonger there.

Nor were they near a 20-foot cliff cut by a clammer's dredge on the south edge of the bar, as they had been through most of the summer. Nor in a sparse bed of grass farther inshore.

Instead, Thursday evening, once the tide again had turned tflood, they were found schooled up midway in the water column in 21 to 23 feet of water between Tolly Bar and the main channel of the Severn -- and there were indeed rockfish for the table.

Coming soon

Squirrel season opens tomorrow with a bag limit of six per day on gray and eastern fox squirrel and no limit on red or piney. Remember, there is a closed season on Delmarva fox squirrel.

Also tomorrow, ruffed grouse season opens (all counties excepCharles) with a limit of two per day.

First split for woodcock is Oct. 14-Nov. 21.

Dangerous device

Perhaps you have seen advertisements for or have already purchased a gadget called "Worm Gett'rs," a shockingly simple device that uses electrical current to force worms to the soil surface so that they may be gathered for bait.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that if you use such a probe, you can be electrocuted. The probes carry 110 volts or more, and the commission has documented 28 deaths caused by such devices.

Consumers are urged to destroy the probes.

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