Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle http://bayweekly.com/articles/feed/regulars/sporting-life-by-dennis-doyle en Extreme Sport on the Chesapeake http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/extreme-sport-chesapeake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The waterfowl hunter is a different sort of man &mdash; or woman</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 sound of a half dozen rapid shots followed by a pause, then two or three more measured reports rolled in from the nearby Magothy River. I was drinking my first coffee that morning, still in my bathrobe and looking out the front window when I heard the gunfire. It was bitter cold, windy, overcast and an altogether miserable morning. The duck hunters must be in heaven, I thought.</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/extreme-sport-chesapeake" 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/courtneyblank-mckennamerkel.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="81" 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"> Courtney Blank and McKenna Merkel with a nice bag of surf scoters and two drake old squaw sea ducks. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/extreme-sport-chesapeake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/extreme-sport-chesapeake#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:23:25 +0000 bayweekly_master 31570 at http://bayweekly.com Worth Braving the Cold http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/worth-braving-cold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Bird watching, fishing and hunting are all in season</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>Late January can be a great time for outdoor lovers, including bird watchers and waterfowl hunters. The arrival of colder weather has encouraged migrating waterfowl to finally head our way along the Atlantic Flyway. The Ches&shy;apeake and its tributaries are ideal resting and feeding areas where these birds will linger, at least until additional foul weather convinces them to continue to warmer climes. Some will eventually travel as far as Mexico.</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/worth-braving-cold" 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/atlantic-flyway-012116.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="134" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/worth-braving-cold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/worth-braving-cold#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:15:44 +0000 bayweekly_master 31519 at http://bayweekly.com Improving Your Aim http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/improving-your-aim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>When you can&rsquo;t fish, practice casting</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>Looking out my front window on a beautiful January morning, I could see that the sun was shining brightly and the wind calm. My eyes settled on the skiff in the driveway, covered with its blue winter-weather blanket. I mused that with a little effort I could pull the cover, hook up the trailer and be on the water inside of 20 minutes. Then I mentioned the thought to Deborah, my long-suffering wife.</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/improving-your-aim" 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/dd_casting_setup.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="61" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/improving-your-aim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/improving-your-aim#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 14 Jan 2016 20:33:27 +0000 bayweekly_master 31449 at http://bayweekly.com The Benefits of a Fishing Life http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/benefits-fishing-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The gods do not subtract from an allotted lifespan the hours spent fishing</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>There is hardly any human activity more restorative, calming, comforting and just plain relaxing than a day on the water attempting to convince a fish to bite your line.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lots of popular recreational activities offer competition, strenuous exercise, adrenaline surges and challenge. Fishing promises quiet contemplation, fine scenery and communion with nature &mdash; with the outside chance of scoring a healthy meal.</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/benefits-fishing-life" 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/reeling_one_in-010716.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="68" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/benefits-fishing-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/benefits-fishing-life#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:26:29 +0000 bayweekly_master 31378 at http://bayweekly.com The End of the Season Is Near http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/end-season-near <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>I&rsquo;ve got a couple more big rockfish to catch before December 20</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 last of the rockfish season is a particularly difficult time for me.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;As always, I&rsquo;m hoping for one last good day on the water. I&rsquo;ve caught a fair number of rockfish the last few trips, including a great 30-inch fish on a recent afternoon under the birds off of Poplar Island. Yet none has given me the feeling of that last hurrah. For that you need a couple of big fish.</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/end-season-near" 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/reeling_one_in-120315.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/end-season-near" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/end-season-near#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:17:01 +0000 bayweekly_master 30976 at http://bayweekly.com The Big Chill http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/big-chill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>How to find hot wintertime fishing</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>A big El Nino winter is expected, possibly moderating Maryland temperatures. That&rsquo;s good news for anglers wanting to get in a few extra rockfishing trips, as the season remains open until December 15 on the Bay and year-round oceanside.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Despite El Nino&rsquo;s predicted warming effect, however, planning any fishing trip this time of year means getting good information on weather conditions. A 10-day forecast is a good place to start.</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/big-chill" 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/frozen_fisherman-112615.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/big-chill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/big-chill#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:53:49 +0000 bayweekly_master 30939 at http://bayweekly.com South Dakota Wingshooting http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/south-dakota-wingshooting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Fine dog work, great company and challenging birds make for a &shy;memorable hunt</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>A double layer of warm technical clothing, heavy brush chaps and a stout hunting coat were barely holding the elements at bay.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Out front a wild pheasant had just broken from cover, speeding low over dense treetops and right at me. Backlit by the sun, I couldn&rsquo;t tell if it was a rooster or a protected hen, so I held my fire, waiting for the bird to display its colors. Fingering the safety, I tried to warn my partner of its approach but doubted that he heard me over the roar of the wind across the thrashing prairie grasses.</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/south-dakota-wingshooting" 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/pheasant-hunters-111915.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" 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"> Dennis Doyle, Jim Zimmerman, Kevin Klasing, Mike Wilkerson and Steve Roth on the hunt in South Dakota. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/south-dakota-wingshooting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/south-dakota-wingshooting#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:00:59 +0000 bayweekly_master 30866 at http://bayweekly.com Chasing My Own Moby Dick http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chasing-my-own-moby-dick <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The one that got away</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>Perhaps at birth I got an extra dose of the hunter-gatherer gene. Maybe it was early exposure to a rural life with family and friends who thought fishing a desirable skill. Whatever the reason, I have a strong affection (perhaps compulsion) for the sport.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;As a result, I will be troubled, sometimes relentlessly, if I&rsquo;ve experienced angling failure.</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/chasing-my-own-moby-dick" 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/moby_dick_tail.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="60" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chasing-my-own-moby-dick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/chasing-my-own-moby-dick#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:00:49 +0000 bayweekly_master 30593 at http://bayweekly.com The Season of the Long Rod http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/season-long-rod <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Perfect your cast to battle with autumn&rsquo;s big fellas of the Bay</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 skiff was slowly drifting off of the Western Shore, just below the Bay Bridge, pushed by a light northwesterly wind along with the beginnings of a falling tide. My eyes were glued to some strong arches on the fish-finder indicating we were passing over a pod of good fish holding close to the bottom in about 20 feet of water. Bending on a 3/0 Half and Half (a Deceiver-style fly with a Clouser-type head) in chartreuse and white, I lifted my stiff nine-foot rod and started to cast.</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/season-long-rod" 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/fly-fishing-102915.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="79" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/season-long-rod" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/season-long-rod#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:52:56 +0000 bayweekly_master 30567 at http://bayweekly.com Fish Don’t Mind the Dark http://bayweekly.com/articles/boating/article/fish-don%E2%80%99t-mind-dark <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Dress warmly if you want to get in on the nighttime bite</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>Darkness had fallen. The scattered fishing boats had headed home with little success. I was alone on the water, and it was a good deal colder than a few minutes earlier, when the sun was shining its last.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;But I had dressed well. Zipping up the neck of my fleece turtleneck under a flannel-lined shirt and closing my foul weather coat around me, I settled down to wait.</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/boating/article/fish-don%E2%80%99t-mind-dark" 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/fishing_at_night-102215.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://bayweekly.com/articles/boating/article/fish-don%E2%80%99t-mind-dark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://bayweekly.com/articles/boating/article/fish-don%E2%80%99t-mind-dark#comments Boating Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:50:10 +0000 bayweekly_master 30305 at http://bayweekly.com