The Maryland Sportfishing Tournament, which encompasses freshwater, Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean off the state's coastline, has been revamped this year, including an All-Maryland Angler division.
"We wanted to really pump this tournament up and get people interested," said Martin L. Gary of the Department of Natural Resources. "We think we have made it easier and more attractive to fishermen."
To qualify for the All-Maryland Angler division, a fisherman must catch a citation-size fish in any five eligible categories.
"That could be any combination of freshwater, Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coast citations," said Gary. "But it also could be the same species in different situations and offering different challenges."
For example, Gary said, an angler might catch a striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay, along the Atlantic Coast and in a freshwater reservoir. If all three met citation requirements, all three would qualify among the five catches necessary to qualify for the All-Maryland Angler division.
All-Maryland Anglers will receive a silk patch, wall plaque and a special citation.
The measurement system for the tournament also has been changed to length rather than weight, Gary said, except in the case of state records, which still will be judged by weight.
Among the other changes is a stipulation that all marlin and shark catches must be released alive -- unless they are being submitted as state records, in which case they must be examined by a state biologist.
Catch-and-release submissions for shark and marlin must be accompanied by a photograph and the signature of the captain on the citation form.
The freshwater division includes all ponds, lakes, impoundments and non-tidal waters in the state.
The Chesapeake Bay division includes Maryland bay waters and tidal tributaries.
The Atlantic Coast Division encompasses the ocean, inlets and back bays and tributaries from the Delaware line to the Virginia line.
DNR to hold sea bass meeting
The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on draft plans for sea bass fisheries in the state's waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean at the Worcester County Public Library in Snow Hill at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Copies of the draft plans are available for review at Chesapeake Bay Program repository libraries [(410) 267-5700].
GlenMar offers sailing camps
The GlenMar Community Sailing Center at Rocky Point Park in Baltimore County is offering youth and adult sailing programs this summer that cover introductory sailing, team racing and one-design racing for youths and adults.
For information on programs, call (410) 391-9488.
Largemouth bass, 20 inches; smallmouth bass, 18 inches; bluegill or pumpkinseed, 10 inches; carp, 30 inches; catfish, 20 inches; crappie, 12 inches; gar, 20 inches; muskellunge, 30 inches; yellow perch, 12 inches; chain pickerel, 20 inches; northern pike, 30 inches Striped bass, 45 inches; brook trout, 14 inches; brown trout, 18 inches; rainbow trout, 18 inches; walleye, 25 inches.
Channel bass, 40 inches; sea bass, 15 inches; bluefish, 30 inches; cobia, any size; cod, 30 inches; croaker, 14 inches; dolphin, 35 inches; black drum, 40 inches; false albacore, 25 inches; flounder, 20 inches (Chesapeake); flounder, 24 inches (Atlantic); king mackerel, 40 inches; blue marlin, any size; white marlin, any size.
White perch, 13 inches; porgy, 12 inches; shark, any size; spot, 12 inches; striped bass, 45 inches; tautog, 24 inches; tuna, 40 inches; wahoo, 40 inches; sea trout, 30 inches; spotted sea trout, 30 inches; whiting, 15 inches.