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Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle

An old salt teaches this old dog a new lesson

 

Despite heavy winds, I landed a largemouth bass, a bluegill and a pickerel

Most folks know that a grand slam is baseball’s term for a home run with the bases loaded. Angling has its own slam. A Chesapeake Bay slam is landing a rockfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel on the same day. The freshwater version is typically a largemouth bass, a pickerel and a bluegill. 

Highs and lows on the trotline

 

Rod maker George Pavlik had agonized over this rod —
the perfect stick for casting to white perch

 

Forgetting that maxim, this dummy went home hungry

 

A gathering of these thick-bodied fish will fill your cooler and make a memorable dinner

 

Female blue crabs need our protection

 

This rockfish took me for a Chesapeake train ride

 

In the shift to shallow water, tackle makes the difference

Live-lining small Norfolk spot remains the surest bet for a limit of striped bass on the Chesapeake. But light-tackle lure fishing grows more exciting as our waters cools with September’s chillier weather, when striped bass behavior changes.

Top-water fishing’s all about how you play the lure

The quiet waterscape flowing around us was only dimly illuminated by the first blush of a calm and breaking day as my son and I made our casts. Drifting slowly in our skiff on the fresh start of a gentle ebb, we were moving about 100 feet out and parallel to a long, weathered bulkhead, footed by heavy, barnacled stone piled along its base.