Fishing http://bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/fishing en Don’t Fish Blind to What’s Below http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/don%E2%80%99t-fish-blind-what%E2%80%99s-below <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Mastering your electronics will increase your 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> Dennnis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve had a great past two weeks fishing the Chesapeake. Nice rockfish to 34 inches were in multiple small mobs, hanging in 20 to 30 feet of water. When I located one on the finder, they promptly attacked any jigs or baits we dropped on them. A number of friends had the same experience.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Yet later this week, I heard from anglers who had cruised the same waters and hadn&rsquo;t been able to catch anything. What&rsquo;s more, they told me, they generally had trouble catching rockfish, despite serious effort.</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/don%E2%80%99t-fish-blind-what%E2%80%99s-below" 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/programming-fishfinder-063016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="69" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/don%E2%80%99t-fish-blind-what%E2%80%99s-below" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/don%E2%80%99t-fish-blind-what%E2%80%99s-below#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:56:51 +0000 bayweekly_master 33596 at http://bayweekly.com Waiting and Baiting for a Fish http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/waiting-and-baiting-fish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The concept couldn&rsquo;t be simpler or the results better</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>My life as a sportsman has undergone any number of wild, unorganized, swings of interest. Angling-wise, I have immersed myself for long periods of dedication to salt-water fly-fishing, freshwater bass and bluegill fishing, a few years of an offshore blue-water crusade and plenty of surf and inshore wade fishing. Only in the last three years have I become absorbed by bait fishing in the Chesapeake.</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/waiting-and-baiting-fish" 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/ChesapeakeBayFishing-062316.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="92" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/waiting-and-baiting-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/waiting-and-baiting-fish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:59:41 +0000 bayweekly_master 33549 at http://bayweekly.com The Best Bait on the Bay http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/best-bait-bay <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>You&rsquo;re not alone in loving soft crabs</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>In early morning, we were drifting bridge structure for rockfish on a slowly moving tide. I had already dropped down my bait, lightly weighted with just a quarter-ounce twist-on sinker, and fed out plenty of line. Thinking it finally near the rubble-strewn floor 30 feet below, I put my thumb on the spool and lifted the rod tip to give the bait a bit of motion. I may have waited too long. Apparently my rig was hung up on the bottom.</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-bait-bay" 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/soft-crab-fishing-bait.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/best-bait-bay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/best-bait-bay#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:36:53 +0000 bayweekly_master 33432 at http://bayweekly.com Thank Heaven for Little Perch http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thank-heaven-little-perch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Big fish love to eat them</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>It started with a comment by an angling buddy who had been fishing for white perch the day before. &ldquo;I was getting them two at a time, but they were nowhere near big enough,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I had to search another three hours before I found any keepers.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Early the next morning, I was on that very same site with my trusty perch tackle: a light six-foot rig able to handle drifting a two-ounce sinker and a hi-lo rig in deep water. My No. 6 hooks, dressed with orange beads and a small spinner, were baited with nice bits of juicy bloodworm.</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/thank-heaven-little-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/live-line-perch-060916.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="77" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thank-heaven-little-perch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/thank-heaven-little-perch#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:23:03 +0000 bayweekly_master 33328 at http://bayweekly.com Pressing My Luck http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck <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 amuse the fish gods, announce your plans</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>It was the simplest and most delicious of meals. A thick rockfish fillet anointed with olive oil and sprinkled with coarse-grain salt, fresh-ground pepper and dill and broiled long enough to brown both sides. Served with the fish were the first ears of Florida Silver Queen corn, boiled for only four minutes, plus thick slices of fresh tomatoes also treated with olive oil, salt and pepper and sprinkled with chopped basil.</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/pressing-my-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/rockfish-dinner-052616.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="91" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/pressing-my-luck#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Fri, 27 May 2016 14:45:37 +0000 bayweekly_master 33073 at http://bayweekly.com The Fisherman and His Wife http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>A partnership of late dinners</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>It was getting dark. Exhausted and stinking of menhaden, I fingered a reel, feeding more line into the dwindling tidal current. I had fished since morning and caught at least three or four rockfish mere inches short of the 35-inch minimum, so calling it quits without a keeper was difficult.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Earlier in the day, I had warned my wife I was intending to fish well into the afternoon.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;That means you&rsquo;ll be out there until after nine or so, right?&rdquo;</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/fisherman-and-his-wife" 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/Deborah-Dennis-Doyle.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="108" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/fisherman-and-his-wife#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 19 May 2016 17:36:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 32969 at http://bayweekly.com Maryland’s Rockfish Seasons http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Why today&rsquo;s forbidden fish are legal tomorrow</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>The rockfish bite had been steady. We&rsquo;d already caught and released a number of undersized fish when a big one hit Moe&rsquo;s bait hard. The drag hummed as the fish ran, then turned to the side and &mdash; before I could clear the other rigs streaming aft &mdash; fouled two of the other lines. Dragging the accompanying baits and sinkers, the powerful fish continued to resist. Eventually Moe battled it to the boat and I netted it.</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/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons" 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/Maurice%20Klein%20releases%2031-incher_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="178" 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"> Maurice Klein releases a 31-inch rockfish. Had he caught it after May 16, it would have been a keeper. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/maryland%E2%80%99s-rockfish-seasons#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 18 May 2016 11:52:47 +0000 bayweekly_master 32866 at http://bayweekly.com When’s the Best Time to Fish? http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Whenever the weather lets 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>When the reel spool began turning under my thumb, I knew it was no ordinary rockfish on the end of my line. Counting to seven, I threw the Abu reel into gear, and when the line came tight, set the hook. Then my rod bent over to the corks and a stiffly set drag howled as the fish really hit the gas. This one had to be trophy sized &mdash; if only I could get it to the boat.</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/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish" 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%20and%20Ed%20with%20catch.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="161" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/when%E2%80%99s-best-time-fish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Tue, 03 May 2016 20:03:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 32659 at http://bayweekly.com More Lines Equal More Fish http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Managed right, planer boards are great for catching trophy rockfish</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>Fish on! Fish on! &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The call rang out from the bridge, and we rushed out from the cabin to the stern to determine which of the 18 rods had hooked a trophy rockfish. Seizing a stout trolling outfit that was bent down by an obviously big striper, my friend Mike began to fight the fish to the boat.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Managing to avoid any disastrous tangles, my buddy finally got the fat and healthy 37-incher on deck. It was the first of a number of catches made possible by planer boards.</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/more-lines-equal-more-fish" 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/Jamie%20Avedon.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="84" 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"> Jamie Avedon caught this 43-inch, 32-pound trophy rockfish off the mouth of the Choptank River. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/more-lines-equal-more-fish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:57:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 32561 at http://bayweekly.com Hickory Shad Are Jumping http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Their clock is set to the dogwoods</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>My first cast met with instant success and, as my slim rod bent down, a flashing, silver missile erupted vertically in the middle of the stream, arced over, splashed down and then grayhounded across the roiling current. Hickory shad had returned.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I knew it was time earlier that morning when I saw the first signs of dogwood blooms in my front yard. With their emergence the hickories had to be on their way.</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/hickory-shad-are-jumping" 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/Shad%20hooked-041416.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/hickory-shad-are-jumping#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:33:04 +0000 bayweekly_master 32464 at http://bayweekly.com