saltwater fisheries

April 6, 2020
Welcome to spring, all you fish-talking folks! In years past we’d be a-chatter over the upcoming trophy rockfish trolling right about now, and although the excitement level may be slightly dampened…
March 15, 2020
You only have a couple more days to make your voice heard, as the Maryland DNR public comment period regarding proposals for the summer and fall striper seasons closes on Wednesday, March 18.…
March 3, 2020
The Maryland DNR has just posted three options for the summer fishery and we need recreational anglers to give input NOW! Anglers, during the last comment period the DNR received a few hundred emails…
February 1, 2020
Editor’s Note: As striped bass regulations are rewritten in Maryland, Virginia, and other Mid-Atlantic states, the same absence of any real scientific studies – and the use instead of MRIP’s farcical…
January 17, 2020
Unless you've been living in a cave you've probably already heard about Omega Protein busting the menhaden harvest cap in Virginia, how Governor Northam responded, and that many Atlantic States…
December 18, 2019
Editor's Note: Considering the current striper situation, we're making an exception to our usual publishing practices. We usually don't republish news articles from the print version of FishTalk here…
December 16, 2019
12/19/2019 Breaking News Update: As of today Secretary Ross has found Virginia out of compliance, to hold Omega Protein accountable for their blatant disregard for the law. Thank you, Secretary Ross…
November 21, 2019
Omega Protein thumbed its nose at the law, regulators, and any sense of environmental stewardship by intentionally over-harvesting menhaden in the Chesapeake this year, the Atlantic States Marine…
November 11, 2019
I love chumming for stripers. I love the smell of pureed bunker, I love its greasy feel between my fingers, and I consider it fun to ball up a chum-stained T-shirt and hide it deep in the laundry…
October 28, 2019
11/12/2019 Update: We were informed today that the scoping document had to be released for the below mentioned regulations in advance of other potential scoping documents because of the earlier…
September 22, 2019
Are Maryland recreational anglers about to lose a portion of their allotment of the total striped bass catch to commercial interests? It’s a distinct possibility – this is a hair-on-fire moment,…
August 20, 2019
Pound nets are found throughout the Chesapeake Bay waters – every time you drive past those lines of poles with nets hanging from them, you’re going by a pound net. Commercial fishermen use the nets…
August 7, 2019
Since it’s the height of summer and thus a time of high mortality among released fish, especially stripers (see Striped Bass Population: The Controversy Continues for more details), this month we set…
July 20, 2019
Few events have had such a dramatic impact on our region’s fisheries as the recent explosion of northern snakeheads. This “new” species may have been around in our waters for well over a decade, but…
July 12, 2019
Whether you’re fishing for sport, dinner, or profession, when you swing your catch out of the water it’s a triumphant moment – but what if the fish you caught could also contribute to valuable…
July 8, 2019
Opening day of rockfish season, I’m dusting off my old work boots and grabbing a pair of chore gloves. Not to catch that trophy fish, but to meet a group of dedicated volunteers who in rural southern…
July 6, 2019
Editor's Note: After this article was written but prior to publication, NOAA opened a public comment period on this very topic; be sure to see Angler Public Input Needed, if the following boils your…
June 20, 2019
NOAA needs to hear from recreational anglers regarding the MRIP numbers they use to calculate how many fish we can catch. The following open post by Captain Monty Hawkins is being reprinted here,…