Opening Day of the 2015 Spring Trophy Rockfish Season, April 18, is rapidly approaching. It looks like the weather has finally turned the corner and I’m sure everyone will be anxious to get back out on the Bay.
One of the first signs of spring is the return of the osprey and that will happen in they just arrived in the past week or so. They almost always show up just before St. Patrick’s Day. It’s always exciting to see the first one and hear its shrill, rapid screeches! I’m sure many of you have heard me chatting with them out there.
The cold weather means it should be a good spring season. The rockfish won’t go in the rivers to spawn until the water temperature reaches 50 degrees or so, meaning the migratory fish should be around until the second week of May. This should be the case unless we get a sudden and dramatic warm-up.
I’m looking forward to serving all of you once again as I begin my 35th year of charter fishing. There are a few changes in the rockfish regulations this year as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission attempts to ensure that we have lots of rockfish now and for years to come. The new limits in the spring will be one fish per person at 28-36” or 40” and over. The summer/fall limit will be 2 fish per person, 20” minimum. It will be more challenging to catch keeper-sized fish, but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. I’d rather sacrifice a few keepers now to have more in the future!
This year you might consider booking the boat for special events in Annapolis like the Blue Angels on May 20 and 22 or 4th of July Fireworks. Contact me for details.
It should be another great year, so call or email to set up a trip!