Looks like the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission ( ASMFC ) has adopted option # 4 from Md DNR. Funny - DNR did not offer option # 5 - one fish per angler over 18 inches , no other changes to seasons.
I have many friends that run charter boats - got no bones with them , just like to see the pie sliced up fairly.
Option #4 favors the charter boat owners - but throws recs under the bus tires - IMHO. I foresee a nightmare for NRP ( Natural Resource Police ) not to mention the casual angler. Look at August 15th ( Saturday ) OK to fish but not Sunday the 16th.
Here is how I read the new rules - don't hold me to fine print - it is confusing.
April 1 to April 30th - No catch / release fishing.
May 1 - May 15th Trophy season opens ( changed from 3rd Saturday in April ) - One Rock over 35 per angler. Everyone.
May 16 to August 15th - One Rock over 18 for recs - Two rock over 18 if on a charter boat. ( I do not see one over 28 inches ).
August 16th to August 31st - Closed for everyone.
Sept 1st to Dec 10 - One Rock over 18 for recs - Two rock over 18 if on a charter boat. ( I do not see one over 28 inches ).
Dec 11 to April 1 - Looks OK to catch / release - No taking Rock home.