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Ehrlich Announces New Striped Bass Catch and Release Award Citation

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The State of Maryland has long recognized anglers for their catches of memorable fish through the Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) angler recognition program. Now, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. will join DNR in recognizing anglers for releasing large striped bass they catch through the Governor's Striped Bass Catch and Release Award Citation. Any fishermen that releases a striped bass, or rockfish, 40 inches in length or greater will receive a handsome citation from the Governor.

"Brisk winds and the changing hues of our forests are signaling autumn's full arrival. For intrepid anglers on Chesapeake Bay, it also signals the opportunity to catch trophy-sized striped bass, said Martin L. Gary, DNR Fisheries biologist. Already there have been some reports of stripers over 40 inches in length as far north as the Susquehanna River. We hope to see the first of citations awarded very soon.

Plunging water temperatures coupled with the diminishing amount of daylight will send rockfish on their annual southerly migration from their summer haunts off the New England coast. In the coming weeks, fish measuring up to 50 inches and weighing 60 pounds will be headed for the Virginia Capes and points south to North Carolina's Outer Banks, where they will spend the winter. Along the way, many of these large, migrant striped bass will turn up in the Chesapeake to feed on menhaden, silversides and bay anchovies. Through the seasons end on December 15, anglers trolling, jigging, chumming or casting with light tackle are allowed to keep two stripers per day, one of which may be 28 inches in length or greater.

Applications for the award citation are available on charter boats, at bait and ta

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