Fishing http://bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/fishing en Lucky Charms http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/lucky-charms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>How else to explain such a catch?</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Pulling on the trotline one final time to straighten it and ensure proper tension, we dropped the red trailing float and released its anchor into the water, completing the setup. It was just after sunrise, an early start being a necessity when hoping for a good catch of blue crabs. Still, we also knew our job was not going to be easy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/lucky-charms" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/lucky_charms-girls_crabbing.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lucky charms Emma, 9, and Sydney, 10, hauled in the better part of two bushels of crabs in a morning outing. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/lucky-charms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/lucky-charms#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:34:14 +0000 bayweekly_master 28990 at http://bayweekly.com A Plan for White Perch http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/plan-white-perch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Recreational anglers deserve their fair share of the catch</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Our white perch have long waited for Maryland Department of Natural Resources to give them a formal management program. A plan proposed in 1990 stalled over opposition from commercial fishermen. A 2005 effort failed again.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Finally, an updated management program is under way and a draft released for comment. In reading the 2015 Review of the Maryland White Perch Fishery Management Plan, I was pleased and only a little disappointed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/plan-white-perch" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/perch_report-073015.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="50" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/plan-white-perch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/plan-white-perch#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:11:27 +0000 bayweekly_master 28859 at http://bayweekly.com Danger from ­Above http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/danger-%C2%ADabove <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A waterspout may get you if you don&rsquo;t watch out</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>I focused on drifting the edges of a Bay Bridge pier, where I was hoping a big rockfish would inhale the chunk of soft crab I was presenting below. Conditions &shy;couldn&rsquo;t have been much better, with overcast skies and a slack tide. Then my cell phone buzzed.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I cleared my line and fumbled with my shirt pocket. Finally, freeing the phone, I heard a familiar voice, my neighbor Capt. Frank Tuma, who was fishing a party just to the north of me.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/danger-%C2%ADabove" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/waterspouts-072315.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/danger-%C2%ADabove" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/danger-%C2%ADabove#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:29:15 +0000 bayweekly_master 28726 at http://bayweekly.com Second Choice Was Good Enough http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/second-choice-was-good-enough <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Rockfish crave spot, but in a pinch white perch will satisfy</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>I strained to keep my severely arced rod from touching the gunnel as I plunged the tip deep into the water. A large and powerful fish about 20 feet down was intent on crossing under my skiff. Had the line, humming from the tension, contacted the hull it would likely have snapped. On the other hand, if the stressed graphite rod banged the gunnel, it could shatter. I was doing my best to avoid either catastrophe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/second-choice-was-good-enough" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/mike_fiore_with_rockfish.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="74" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Fiore with the two 34-inchers. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/second-choice-was-good-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/second-choice-was-good-enough#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:04:26 +0000 bayweekly_master 28600 at http://bayweekly.com On the Trail of Big Rockfish http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/trail-big-rockfish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>We found success in a pair of fat stripers at the Bay Bridge</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Drifting next to the towering structure, I eased my bait over the side. With only a quarter-ounce weight, it took the chunk of soft crab a while to near the bottom. Thankful that the slow tidal current allowed us to work close on the massive piling, I lifted my rod to be sure that my rig wouldn&rsquo;t get fouled on the old construction debris below. It was irritating to find that my bait was already solidly snagged.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/trail-big-rockfish" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/dennis_with_rockfish-070915.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="70" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/trail-big-rockfish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/trail-big-rockfish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:46:55 +0000 bayweekly_master 28506 at http://bayweekly.com Weather to Go Fishing http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/weather-go-fishing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>If you want to catch fish, you can&rsquo;t wait for a perfect conditions</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Even as we headed out, the day already looked challenging. Wind predicted at eight knots was easily twice that, and my small skiff was rocking and rolling under overcast skies. Donning foul weather coats, we soldiered on, ignoring a chill spray blowing down the port side onto both of us.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/weather-go-fishing" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/striper-by-the-mouth-070215.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/weather-go-fishing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/weather-go-fishing#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:02:15 +0000 bayweekly_master 28422 at http://bayweekly.com Chumming for Rockfish http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chumming-rockfish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Here&rsquo;s how to make it work for you</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Chumming has always been an excellent way to catch rockfish in the Chesapeake. It&rsquo;s not particularly demanding in technique or equipment, so just about anyone with a boat who is willing to invest some time can consistently score some really nice fish with this method. As a bonus, it can be easily done with medium-weight spin or bait-casting tackle.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chumming-rockfish" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/chum_bag-062515.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chumming-rockfish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chumming-rockfish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:40:25 +0000 bayweekly_master 28406 at http://bayweekly.com Thankful for Lady Luck http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thankful-lady-luck <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>With only one flounder in the cooler, it&rsquo;s a good thing we could count on it for four fillets</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feeling the undulations of the sandy bottom telegraph up my graphite casting rod, I kept a cautious thumb on the reel spool. Our day drifting live bull minnows for summer flounder was starting slow. My son Harrison, his girlfriend Jerica and I had hoped to score enough fish for a family dinner. We hadn&rsquo;t yet risen to the challenge.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thankful-lady-luck" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/jerica_with_flounder.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="127" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jerica had never been fishing before, which was just the luck we needed on a slow day fishing for flounder. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thankful-lady-luck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thankful-lady-luck#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:31:58 +0000 bayweekly_master 28326 at http://bayweekly.com Deciphering Chesapeake Tides http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/deciphering-chesapeake-tides <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>So many variables are at play it can sometimes be baffling</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>We arrived at our fishing spot at 9am, two hours after the predicted low tide. Consultations with tide and current charts told us that at our location about a quarter-mile below the Bay Bridge, the incoming tide would just be starting. It &shy;wasn&rsquo;t; the current was still going out.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Anchoring and expecting the change at any moment, we set out our chum bag and flipped our baits over the side. After an hour with no tidal change and no action, we headed farther south, reasoning that the outgoing tide would be starting earlier there. Again we were wrong.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/deciphering-chesapeake-tides" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/chesapeake_tides-060415.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="64" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/deciphering-chesapeake-tides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/deciphering-chesapeake-tides#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:53:12 +0000 bayweekly_master 28123 at http://bayweekly.com The Best Time to Go Fishing? http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/best-time-go-fishing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Whenever you can</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Everything conspired against my going fishing. When I had the time the weather went bad, high winds or rain, sometimes both. When weather was right, my schedule turned on me: guests from out of town, family gatherings and, of course, work.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When finally I got a break, it wasn&rsquo;t until the afternoon that I could get away. The worst part of the fishing day is the high-sun, high-heat of the day from noon until at least 4pm. Then again, everyone knows that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can, so I did.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/best-time-go-fishing" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/dennis-rockfish-catch-052815.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/best-time-go-fishing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/best-time-go-fishing#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Fri, 29 May 2015 18:39:41 +0000 bayweekly_master 27985 at http://bayweekly.com