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Me and a few buddies chartered a boat for the Rod and Reel Tournament. We had 40 lines out. Hundreds of boats up and down the bay. Thousands of lines and lures in the water. We only caught 1 fish for 2 days. Some didn't catch any. If you consider the number of boats, amount of lures pulled and the amount of fishing hours put in, very few Rockfish were caught.
Trophy season is nothing close to what it used to be. What a shame.
 

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Many years ago on this board, after a fantastic ,torrid , Spring Striped Bass fishing report of catching 20-30 Big Cows a day ,a popular closing statement was " get out there and " Catch Em Up " ...Mission accomplished . Now they're working on the so called 'Invasive Species " The only fish left that have a chance to stand up to heavy fishing pressure . The curtain is beginning to close .
 

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We fished boat days. Marked a lot of fish. One 36"male on Saturday. Couple pull downs on Sunday but nothing came tight. few charters got skunked or only got one or two. Sunday was better multiple charters got limits on Sunday. Tons of boat out Sunday. Will go out again wednesday.
 

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Many years ago on this board, after a fantastic ,torrid , Spring Striped Bass fishing report of catching 20-30 Big Cows a day ,a popular closing statement was " get out there and " Catch Em Up " ...Mission accomplished . Now they're working on the so called 'Invasive Species " The only fish left that have a chance to stand up to heavy fishing pressure . The curtain is beginning to close .
Snakeheads are being caught up on the shore spent 3 days in dorchester and fished several places with yak that allway’s did well . Not a thing to show for it pressure on them is great and I for one won’t return thanks DNR and Facebook idiots
 

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It's been like that for a while now. A few years ago Greg Buckner and Lee Tippet got skunked on opening day. They are two of the best out there pulling 46 lines. Many others skunked too as I only heard of a few fish caught and that was jigging at the power plant. Only thing left is the Summer schoolies that get slaughtered at Swan Pt....... Gary
 

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Many years ago on this board, after a fantastic ,torrid , Spring Striped Bass fishing report of catching 20-30 Big Cows a day ,a popular closing statement was " get out there and " Catch Em Up " ...Mission accomplished . Now they're working on the so called 'Invasive Species " The only fish left that have a chance to stand up to heavy fishing pressure . The curtain is beginning to close .
Hey Capn. Agreed....and I feel like an idiot for selling my trusty 20 year old sportfisher last fall (actually that part was smart) and investing $$$$ in a new build which I'm still waiting for (can't get engines). Your 'curtain' comment is spot on. Wish all you farming combine runners (planer boarders) would add weight and slow down so you could mop up the cats that are devouring the school rock!
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40 lines out. 46 lines out. They might as well be pulling haul seines. These people do not care about the future of the species.
When the planers got up to lines in the high teens (years ago) I started telling the guys "may as well be running a combine down the Bay". Been getting hate mail ever since....
 

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It's been like that for a while now. A few years ago Greg Buckner and Lee Tippet got skunked on opening day. They are two of the best out there pulling 46 lines. Many others skunked too as I only heard of a few fish caught and that was jigging at the power plant. Only thing left is the Summer schoolies that get slaughtered at Swan Pt....... Gary
When the planers got up to lines in the high teens (years ago) I started telling the guys "may as well be running a combine down the Bay". Been getting hate mail ever since....
When the planers got up to lines in the high teens (years ago) I started telling the guys "may as well be running a combine down the Bay". Been getting hate mail ever since....
When the planers got up to lines in the high teens (years ago) I started telling the guys "may as well be running a combine down the Bay". Been getting hate mail ever since....
I couldn't agree with you more. Its beyond me how the DNR hasn't put a restriction on the number of lines that can be ran in a trolling spread for rockfish. I think it should be no more than 12 period for both recreational and charter boats and you can run them where ever you want either behind the boat behind boards or a mix it up. This 40 something line business is just ridiculous and takes a lot of the sport out of fishing. You gotta give the fish a chance or there's gonna be a tipping point and I think we've reached it and then some.
 

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I couldn't agree with you more. Its beyond me how the DNR hasn't put a restriction on the number of lines that can be ran in a trolling spread for rockfish. I think it should be no more than 12 period for both recreational and charter boats and you can run them where ever you want either behind the boat behind boards or a mix it up. This 40 something line business is just ridiculous and takes a lot of the sport out of fishing. You gotta give the fish a chance or there's gonna be a tipping point and I think we've reached it and then some.
Plan on a moratorium next year for about 5 years due to overfishing. Pray that the Rockfish can recover again.
 

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I couldn't agree with you more. Its beyond me how the DNR hasn't put a restriction on the number of lines that can be ran in a trolling spread for rockfish. I think it should be no more than 12 period for both recreational and charter boats and you can run them where ever you want either behind the boat behind boards or a mix it up. This 40 something line business is just ridiculous and takes a lot of the sport out of fishing. You gotta give the fish a chance or there's gonna be a tipping point and I think we've reached it and then some.
Is that the problem or the fact they won't reduce the commercial quota. I can troll 1 line,12 lines or 20 lines I still can only keep one fish per person.

":The DNR has refused to reduce the commercial catch despite cracking down on the recreational fishery. Commercial rockfish harvest will be down for 2020 but this is not due to DNR actions. It is caused by a decline in the market for stripers due to COVID 19.
Commercial fishing for striped bass is now prohibited in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Maryland’s commercial quota exceeds any other state’s quota by more than 40%. Yes, the fisheries commission cut quotas in the past and DNR acted, but we need to further cut commercial landings and now."
 

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Is that the problem or the fact they won't reduce the commercial quota. I can troll 1 line,12 lines or 20 lines I still can only keep one fish per person.

":The DNR has refused to reduce the commercial catch despite cracking down on the recreational fishery. Commercial rockfish harvest will be down for 2020 but this is not due to DNR actions. It is caused by a decline in the market for stripers due to COVID 19.
Commercial fishing for striped bass is now prohibited in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Maryland’s commercial quota exceeds any other state’s quota by more than 40%. Yes, the fisheries commission cut quotas in the past and DNR acted, but we need to further cut commercial landings and now."
The idea that any of the so-called charter boats would troll 46 lines is preposterous! These idiots should understand they are killing off their own livelihood. How can they be so stupid as to ignore the wiping out of mature cow rock ...and what it means to the future fishery. Shame on these greedy "watermen."
 

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The idea that any of the so-called charter boats would troll 46 lines is preposterous! These idiots should understand they are killing off their own livelihood. How can they be so stupid as to ignore the wiping out of mature cow rock ...and what it means to the future fishery. Shame on these greedy "watermen."
It's not just charter boats. Everyone is wiping out the future. MD DNR and ASMFC are responsible for managing the resource and they are failing miserably.
 

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Is that the problem or the fact they won't reduce the commercial quota. I can troll 1 line,12 lines or 20 lines I still can only keep one fish per person.

":The DNR has refused to reduce the commercial catch despite cracking down on the recreational fishery. Commercial rockfish harvest will be down for 2020 but this is not due to DNR actions. It is caused by a decline in the market for stripers due to COVID 19.
Commercial fishing for striped bass is now prohibited in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Maryland’s commercial quota exceeds any other state’s quota by more than 40%. Yes, the fisheries commission cut quotas in the past and DNR acted, but we need to further cut commercial landings and now."
For sure the other things you mention are a significant contributor. And you're certainly correct that no matter how many lines are out, recs are now under a strict limit. But part of the path to this point was recreational anglers (to include charters) going to extraordinary, unprecedented lengths to target big, breeding fish. Perhaps the most disgusting examples of all were the many private recs, charters and marinas who bragged about crossing the 3-mile line to slaughter big breeders as they were concentrated off the coast in the winter, and the ridiculous commercial harvest of big cows that Massachusetts allowed recs to participate in. But we in the Chessie, with our porcupine-like trolling set-ups during peak spawn, didn't exactly help the situation. I participated in that. I was part of the problem at times.
 

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I feel like the crying Indian from the 70’s litter commercial when I think about what the Rockfish fishery was 6-7 years ago, God forbid 20 years ago. Without a good spawn this year, no spawning stock biomass, it’s over.

I don’t care what anybody says, the invasives can be controlled. The issue is that for many years they went somewhat unnoticed, proliferated and got big and numerous. Now there is great attention on them and let’s face it, Rockfishing generally sucks and the invasives fill the void.

The Potomac is a fraction of the Snakehead fishery it once was and the ES rivers are already showing reduced catches. They are small areas with ALOT of pressure.
I fished Egypt Road Sunday and there were about 12 yaks in a 1 mile stretch of river. Keep in mind the Little Blackwater is only about 50 yards wide in that mile. Transquaking, Marshyhope, Chicamacomico, same thing. Blackwater proper has some size, but proportionately higher pressure too.

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I don’t care what anybody says, the invasives can be controlled. The issue is that for many years they went somewhat unnoticed, proliferated and got big and numerous. Now there is great attention on them and let’s face it, Rockfishing generally sucks and the invasives fill the void

The Potomac is a fraction of the Snakehead fishery it once was and the ES rivers are already showing reduced catches. They are small areas with ALOT of pressure.
I fished Egypt Road Sunday and there were about 12 yaks in a 1 mile stretch of river. Keep in mind the Little Blackwater is only about 50 yards wide in that mile. Transquaking, Marshyhope, Chicamacomico, same thing. Blackwater proper has some size, but proportionately higher pressure too.

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seeing fishing impacts on invasives is a good thing. I dont Totally agree, but reduction in their biomass is the goal. So it's good if you think we are heading toward that.
 

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It doesn’t matter what Maryland does, the breading population gets hammered all summer long in the northeast. They remove more breading age fish than Maryland ever did.
 
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